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Feasibility study of BNCT of skin melanoma with an accelerator-based neutron source
Author(s): Stefano Agosteo; P. Colautti; M. G. Corrado; F. d'Errico; Sandra Monti; Marco Silari; R. Tinti; G. Tornielli
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Paper Abstract

The feasibility of an accelerator-driven thermal neuron source for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) of skin melanoma is discussed, based on the design of an analogous source for BNCT of the explanted liver. Monte Carlo simulations were performed by introducing some variations in the moderator geometry of that source. Neutrons are generated by 7 MeV deuterons impinging on a thick beryllium target. The neutron moderator consists of a nuclear graphite structure containing a heavy water tank in turn enclosing the beryllium target. The moderator materials were chosen in order to minimize the production of prompt gamma rays. THe requested neutron fluence can be achieved in three hours with a deuteron current in the range of 3-8 mA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2867, International Conference Neutrons in Research and Industry, (27 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267944
Show Author Affiliations
Stefano Agosteo, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
P. Colautti, INFN (Italy)
M. G. Corrado, Univ. di Milano (Italy)
F. d'Errico, Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
Sandra Monti, ENEA (Italy)
Marco Silari, ITBA/CNR (Italy)
R. Tinti, ENEA (Switzerland)
G. Tornielli, Univ. di Padova (Italy)


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International Conference Neutrons in Research and Industry

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