A hospital-based proton linac for neutron therapy and radioisotope production [electronic resource].
- Batavia, Ill. : Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1988. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Fermilab's Alvarez proton linac has been used routinely for neutron therapy since 1976. The Neutron Therapy Facility (NTF) operates in a mode parasitic to the laboratory's high energy physics program, which uses the linac as an injector for a synchrotron. Parasitic operation is possible because the linac delivers /approximately/1.2 /times/ 10/sup 13/ protons per pulse at a 15 Hz rate, while the high energy physics program requires beam at a rate not greater than 0.5 Hz. Protons not needed for physics experiments strike a beryllium target to produce neutrons for neutron therapy. Encouraging clinical results from NTF have led to a study of the issues involved in providing hospitals with a neutron beam of the type available at Fermilab. This paper describes the issues addressed by that study. 12 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 10/01/1988., "fnal/c-88/178", " conf-881049-66", "DE89007479", Linear accelerator conference, Williamsburg, VA, USA, 3 Oct 1988., and Lennox, A.J.
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