Making sense of complex cancer cures

HYDERABAD: Radiation oncology or Radiation Therapy uses carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to shrink or eliminate cancer cells or tumors. It is one of the three main cancer treatment modalities along with surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is found to be most effective in treating cancers related to brain and spinal cord, head and neck, cervix, breast, lungs, bones and prostrate. Most notable Read More

World’s strongest x-ray laser inaugurated

The European XFEL, the largest and most powerful x-ray laser in the world, was officially inaugurated on September 1, 2017. With a budget of $1.4 billion (€1.2 billion), it is Germany’s most expensive research device. Equipped with superconducting accelerator coils, it will generate 27,000 x-ray flashes per second to capture images of individual atoms with less than 100 fs time resolution. Last week, the people Read More

New precision cancer fighting technology unveiled

The future of cancer treatment has arrived. Varian, the world’s leader in producing radiation oncology equipment, has manufactured a new linear accelerator called the “VitalBeam” and Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, located at 7154 Medical Center Dr. Spring Hill 34608, is the first in the area to obtain this impressive new technology. On Thursday, August 17, 2017, they held an Open House to introduce Read More

How have scientists made it rain diamonds?

Scientists believe that the unique atmospheric conditions of the planet Neptune cause it to rain diamonds there, and they’ve just put this theory to the test. Using the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Laboratory, a research team successfully re-created the methane-rich conditions of the gas giant and created diamond rain. They did so by subjecting a plastic material called polystyrene to high pressures using SLAC’s Read More

Cancer survivor turns masks from Barrington hospital into art to inspire patients

During her weekday trips to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for breast cancer treatment, Sandra Fink May found inspiration in the plastic mesh masks used to keep the heads of patients still during cancer radiation. A professional painter, sculpture and jeweler from Richmond in McHenry County, May said she wanted to use the masks to create artwork meant to help others dealing with the Read More

Elekta bets MRI is the next step in radiotherapy

Stockholm-based Elekta has begun clinical trials on its Unity machine, which combines a linear accelerator and high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better define and track tumors during radiation treatments. The company believes this new iteration of radiotherapy will be more precise. “Elekta Unity enables high-quality soft tissue imaging that provides greater information, allowing more effective clinical decision-making,” said Kevin Brown, global vice president of Read More

Accelerating particles—but not just for the LHC

This week, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was in technical stop, but particles continued to circulate in the other accelerators. This is because the chain of four injectors that feed the LHC also supplies particles to myriad experiments across several experimental areas. In fact, even when the LHC is running, the other experimental areas consume almost all the particles, as the diagram shows. The large Read More

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