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The Italian project for a proton imaging device

Cirrone, Giuseppe Antonio Pablo and Candiano, Giuliana and Cuttone, Giacomo and Lo Nigro, Salvatore and Lo Presti, Domenico and Randazzo, Nunzio and Sipala, Valeria and Russo, Marco and Aiello, Sebastiano and Bruzzi, Mara and Menichelli, David and Scaringella, Monica and Miglio, S. and Bucciolini, Marta and Talamonti, Cinzia and Pallotta, Stefania (2007) The Italian project for a proton imaging device. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Vol. 576 (1), p. 194-197. ISSN 0168-9002. eISSN 1872-9576. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2007.01.151

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Abstract

Proton Computed Tomography (or pCT) is a new imaging technique based on the use of high energy proton beams (200–250 MeV) replacing of the commonly adopted X-rays CT. pCT that was firstly proposed in the 1960s but only nowadays, with the continued establishing of new proton therapy centers around the world, the interest in it is growing. The use of protons for tomographic images can represent, in fact, a big enhancement in the quality of a proton therapy treatment either in the patient positioning as well as in the accuracy of the dose calculation for the treatment planning phase. In this paper, after a brief introduction on pCT principles, the main hardware and software characteristics of a first pCT prototype in development by our group (the Italian PRIMA collaboration) will be presented. The role of Monte Carlo simulation in developing will be also emphasized, using the GEANT4 simulation toolkit.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:9588
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Proton Computed Tomography, Monte Carlo simulation, GEANT4, proton imaging
Subjects:Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/07 Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina)
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Chimica e Farmacia
Publisher:Elsevier Science
ISSN:0168-9002
eISSN:1872-9576
Additional Information:Presented at the "8th International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors - IWORID-8", Pisa, Italy, 2-6 July 2006.
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