Dosimetry of beams for negative pi-meson radiation therapy

J. F. Dicello, P. Fessenden, R. M. Henkelman

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Several new facilities have been built in the last few years which can produce high intensity beams of pions. As a result, a significant amount of new data related to pion dosimetry is available. Results of beam composition, beam shaping, and collimation are given along with depth dose curves and isodose contours. Experimental data which describe the radiation quality of pion beams and the change in radiation quality with position are presented. Experimental data determining the fraction of the dose resulting from neutrons are discussed. The present techniques used in pion dosimetry are summarized, and those areas of pion dosimetry which require additional effort in order to achieve routine treatment planning for patients are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-306
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes


  • Beam composition
  • Beam shaping
  • Collimation
  • Depth dose curves
  • Isodose contours
  • Pion dosimetry
  • Pion radiation quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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