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The Neutron Therapy Facility at the University of Pennsylvania-Fox Chase Cancer Center

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3 Author(s)
Peter Bloch ; University of Pennsylvania-Fox Chase Cancer Center Hospital School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Therapy 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 ; Ron Larsen ; Jim Chu

The fusion of deuterium and tritium nuclei results in the formation of a helium-4 nucleus and a 14 MEV neutron. This reaction readily takes place when deuterium and tritium ions are accelerated to potentials between 150-200 kV. These energy ions can be obtained in a moderate size accelerator. A DT neutron facility has been installed in the radiation therapy department of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital-Fox Chase Cancer Center. The system is being commissioned in a hospital setting to test the efficacy of fast neutron radiotherapy.

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 2 )