The results of a comparative study of heavy particles of interest in radiotherapy, with peaks spread over a depth of 10 cm, are reported in four parts. The introduction to this study and the depth-dose distributions of the particles, (n,π-, p, He, C, Ne, and Ar ions) are reported herein. The results indicate that protons give the best localization of dose. The degree of localization of dose with heavy ions is reduced with increasing charge on the ion. For ranges less than 15 cm, heavier ions such as neon and argon still have favourable dose localization; however, for ranges in excess of 15 cm, heavy ions such as argon are unfavourable but superior to fast neutrons because penetration can be controlled by modulation of energy or range.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging