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February 5, 1992

A Lean, Mean Cyclotron Revs Up Neutron Therapy

JAMA. 1992;267(5):614-616. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480050012004

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THE STATE-OF-THE-ART in both physics and medicine joined forces again recently when the first superconducting cyclotron dedicated to cancer therapy began to be used for treating patients at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Radiation oncologists there say they hope to achieve the potential benefits of neutron therapy by uniting this powerful technology with several other independent advances, such as threedimensional treatment planning and tailoring the neutron beam to the shape of the tumor.

With the new cyclotron, oncologists say they now can conduct a more evenhanded comparison between neutron and