From: A. Bravin  <>
Newsgroups: milano.seminari
Subject: 04-05-2010 Imaging and therapy using synchrotron radiation: the ESRF experience
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 07:39:12 +0000 (UTC)


                              Il giorno 04-05-2010
                        alle ore 15:00 in Aula Consiglio

                              Il Prof. A. Bravin
         ID17 Biomedical Beamline ESRF, 6 rue Jules Horowitz * Grenoble

                        terra' un seminario dal titolo:

      Imaging and therapy using synchrotron radiation: the ESRF experience

Biomedical applications of synchrotron light constitute a fast growing field of
  research. At the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France),
     this research comprises both fundamental research and clinical trials.
 Preclinical trials are performed to improve understanding of the mechanisms of
interaction of radiation with the tissues within a body as well as to establish
 improved diagnostic and/or curative protocols. The aim of the clinical studies
  is to develop innovative techniques that can be directly applied to clinical
  trials at synchrotron sources, and that could eventually be used with a new
  generation of table-top X-ray sources which are presently under development
 worldwide. The research in radiotherapy at the ESRF has focused on the use of
 spatially fractionated X-ray beams, delivered in extremely high doses to treat
   aggressive non-treatable brain tumours. Stereotactic synchrotron radiation
  therapy (SSRT) is a complementary research programme aimed at treating brain
  tumours. SSRT involves loading the tumour with a high atomic number element,
associated either with or without a chemotherapeutic drug, and then irradiating
the target with monochromatic X-rays. Palaeontology is a very recent but highly
successful research subject at SR sources, because the peculiar characteristics
 of SR permit the non-distructive visualization of samples at a submicrometric
 resolution with an incomparable high contrast resolution. Examples of research
              on all these fields will be presented and discussed.

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