Theoretical dosimetric evaluation of carbon and oxygen minibeam radiation therapy.

Wilfredo González, Cécile Peucelle, Yolanda Prezado (2017 Feb 26) Medical physics : 1921-1929 : DOI : 10.1002/mp.12175

Charged particles have several advantages over x-ray radiations, both in terms of physics and radiobiology. The combination of these advantages with those of minibeam radiation therapy (MBRT) could help enhancing the therapeutic index for some cancers with poor prognosis. Among the different ions explored for therapy, carbon ions are considered to provide the optimum physical and biological characteristics. Oxygen could be advantageous due to a reduced oxygen enhancement ratio along with a still moderate biological entrance dose. The aforementioned reasons justified an in-depth evaluation of the dosimetric features of carbon and oxygen minibeam radiation therapy to establish the interest of further explorations of this avenue.