Stereotactic Radiosurgery: The Role of Charged Particles
Authors: Levy R.P.; Schulte R.W.M.; Slater J.D.; Miller D.W.; Slater J.M.
Source: Acta Oncologica, Volume 38, Number 2, 1 March 1999 , pp. 165-169(5)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Stereotactic radiosurgery using charged-particle beams has been the subject of biomedical research and clinical development for more than 50 years. Charged particles of proton mass or greater manifest unique physical properties that can be used to place a high dose of radiation preferentially within the boundaries of a deeply located intracranial target volume. Since 1954, nearly 10000 patients have been treated using this technique. Treated disorders include pituitary tumors, vascular malformations, primary and metastatic brain tumors, and subfoveal neovascularization. Charged-particle radiosurgery is particularly advantageous for the conformal treatment of large and/or irregularly shaped lesions, or for the treatment of lesions located in front of or adjacent to sensitive brain structures.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1999-03-01