Project: Biologically weighted quantities in radiotherapy

Radiotherapy treatments work by damaging the DNA of cancerous cells, leading to cell death. New treatments such as ion and proton beam therapy are more effective than traditional treatments. However, current techniques are not able to accurately measure their dosage. This project will develop measurements and simulations to determine how the charged particles from radiotherapy interact as they pass through human tissue. This is known as the particle track structure and it depends on properties like the velocity and charge of the particles, as well as on characteristics of the target cells in the patient. Essentially, the project will compare the physical properties of the radiation itself with its impact on cancer cells. The results will support an advance in ionising radiation metrology that will directly impact the treatment and the quality of life of those affected by cancer.

Acronym SIB06 BioQuaRT (Reference Number: SIB06)
Duration 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2015
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2011 - Health, SI Broader Scope and New Technologies

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile Partner Italy
3 Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire Partner France
4 Instituto Superior Tecnico Partner Portugal
5 Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych Partner Poland
6 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
7 Politecnico di Milano Observer Italy
8 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Italy