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The Technology of Cancer Therapy with Particle Beams
Jay Flanz, Ph.D.
Technical Director and Project Director
Massachusetts General Hospital
Burr Proton Therapy Center
October 5, 2007, 2:00 p.m.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
ABSTRACT: Particle Therapy is a form of radiation treatment for cancer and other conditions. By limiting damage to healthy tissue and nearby organs, particle therapy can be very successful and result in reduced side effects for the patient and increasing the dose to the disease site. Although Particle Therapy has been used for decades, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of facilities under construction and in the projects planned around the world. This leads to opportunities for both large-scale production of the equipment needed, and also for the application of innovative technologies. This talk will cover the application of Particle Therapy, in practice; identify some of the challenges, and review the current status of some aspects of the field.
BIO: Jay Flanz earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Massachusetts. He served as Accelerator Physics Group Leader at the MIT-Bates Accelerator Center. He was the co-founder of the Accelerator Laboratory and Beam Measurements Course and conducted research on Medical Applications of Accelerators and Beams at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School. He currently serves as Technical Director and Project Director at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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