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Korea Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator Project

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  • Heavy Particle Therapy
    • What is Heavy Particle Therapy?
    • Excellence of Heavy Particle Therapy
    • Heavy Particle Therapy Target Cancer Area
    • Heavy Particle Therapy Process
    • Heavy Particle Therapy Facility Introduction

Excellence of Heavy Particle Therapy

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The radiation level of X-ray or gamma ray used for the existing radiation treatment declines rapidly as it reaches cancer area; hence the low treatment effect and fatal damage to normal cells located in the middle accompanied by side effects of losing hair, etc. On the other hand, the Heavy Particle Therapy accelerates heavy ion in carbon almost at the speed of light and discharges 1 billion atomic nucleus particles per second into the body to destroy cancer cells. This can kill cancer cells by over 3 times more than gamma ray or x-ray; the treatment period is shorter, and it can reduce damage to normal cells without side effects.

Excellence against the existing X-ray

  • Since the discharge concentration of the radiation level on the cancer area is exceptionally high, the radiation treatment effect is proportionally high.
  • Damage to the normal cells located in the middle caused by radiation before it reaches the cancer area is reduced by over 70% compared to the existing X-ray.
  • There is no radiation damage to cells located beyond the cancer area.
  • The radiation can be localized to the cancer area by avoiding the important organs around the cancer area.
  • With the same radiation level as X-ray, the cancer area treatment effect is exceptionally high.
  • This means that the discharge level of radiation into the body for cancer treatment relatively decreases.
  • Since fewer directions are used to discharge radiation, the radiation treatment time is reduced as well.
  • Since the number of irradiations of splitting radiation decreases, the radiation treatment time is shorter.

Excellence against the existing positron treatment

  • Since the discharge concentration of the radiation level on the cancer area is exceptionally high, the radiation treatment effect is proportionally high.
  • Damage to the normal cells located in the middle caused by radiation before it reaches the cancer area is reduced by 40% compared to the existing positron treatment.
  • With the same radiation level as the positron treatment, the cancer area treatment effect is 2-3 times higher.
  • This means that the discharge level of radiation into the body for cancer treatment relatively decreases.
  • Since the number of irradiations of splitting radiation decreases, the radiation treatment time is shorter.