Radio therapy

The researches find that the Radiotherapy, widely regarded as one of the most promising techniques for cancer therapy; uses x-rays and electrons in combination with proton or ion beams to create a treatment that is uniquely suite to targeting tumors. Despite recent advances in radiotherapy; but more research is need to maximize the effectiveness of this promising treatment.

The Radiotherapy widely regarded

The Optimisation of Medical Accelerators (OMA) project, therefore collaborative research network funded by the EU; is developing upon these advances with the ultimate goal of improved cancer patient outcomes. OMA is a network of over 30 partners; comprised of universities; research centers; ion beam treatment facilities and industrial companies that aims to address challenges in key areas such as treatment facility design and optimization; because numerical simulations for the development of advance treatment schemes; and in beam imaging and treatment monitoring.

OMA centers around 15 early stage research fellows who are working on dedicated projects around the world to maximize the benefits of using particle beams in cancer treatments. Jacinta Yap, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool; is working with Professor Carsten Welsch on an OMA research project that is utilizing a cutting-edge technology that  originally design and use on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN; and applying it to the field of radiotherapy.

Cutting-edge technology

The LHCb VELO detector; designed at the University of Liverpool for high-energy physics, has a hole in its center which lets a beam of particles pass through without any degrading effects. By adapting its design; the team is able to detect the halo of particles around a treatment beam as it passes through and by correlating this to the primary beam delivered; can obtain important information about the beam as it treats the patient

.We measure the particle outliers around the beam and correlate this information to the energy and the precise dose that is delivered to the patient; allowing for the beam’s characteristics to be monitored in real-time. This delivers more precise doses for patients and saves significant amounts of time; enabling more people to receive this potentially life-saving treatment at reduced cost.”

The beam’s characteristics

Later this month, the OMA network will take part in the Accelerators for Science and Society Symposium; but an event that will showcase how accelerator technology research is driving innovation across a wide range of sectors; creating significant economic, scientific and societal benefits.

Held at Liverpool’s Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) on Friday 28th June; therefore the Symposium will feature a number short talks from world-leading European researchers on a range of accelerator-related topics from antimatter research to radiotherapy. All of the talks will be broadcast live for free between 10:30 and 13:00 (GMT+1); with a number of satellite events taking place around the world.