Russian proton accelerator to fight cancers in U.S.
27 May '13
A proton accelerator developed by a team of scientists at Moscow’s Lebedev Physical Institute (LPI, one of this country’s largest and oldest scientific research centers) will be shipped to the U.S. to help fight cancers there, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing an LPI source.
The Russian system is said to have won a tender held by Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General), one of the United States’ largest medical centers.
“In high-tech oncology solutions, electron accelerators that pound a tumor with gamma ray beams play a key role. Their main shortcoming, though, is in a threat that gamma-ray photons pose to healthy tissues that surround the tumor, alongside the tumor itself. To minimize the deficiency, next gen proton accelerators are used; proton’s properties are such that have negligible impact on the human body’s healthy cells,” the LPI source explained.
The Russian machine is reportedly believed to be able to concentrate gamma ray beams on a tumor in a more advanced way than the international competition.
At least four such Russian accelerators will be installed in American hospitals later this year, the source said.
Earlier this month, the LPI also won a tender for shipping its proton accelerator to the Medical Radiology Scientific Center, a Russian Academy of Sciences institution based in Obninsk, in the Kaluga region (Central Russia).