Comparison between proton boron fusion therapy (PBFT) and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT): A monte carlo study

Joo Young Jung, Do Kun Yoon, Brendan Barraclough, Heui Chang Lee, Tae Suk Suh, Bo Lu

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to compare between proton boron fusion therapy (PBFT) and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) and to analyze dose escalation using a Monte Carlo simulation. We simulated a proton beam passing through the water with a boron uptake region (BUR) in MCNPX. To estimate the interaction between neutrons/ protons and borons by the alpha particle, the simulation yielded with a variation of the center of the BUR location and proton energies. The variation and influence about the alpha particle were observed from the percent depth dose (PDD) and cross-plane dose profile of both the neutron and proton beams. The peak value of the maximum dose level when the boron particle was accurately labeled at the region was 192.4% among the energies. In all, we confirmed that prompt gamma rays of 478 keV and 719 keV were generated by the nuclear reactions in PBFT and BNCT, respectively. We validated the dramatic effectiveness of the alpha particle, especially in PBFT. The utility of PBFT was verified using the simulation and it has a potential for application in radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39774-39781
Number of pages8
JournalOncotarget
Volume8
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Boron neutron capture therapy
  • Bragg-peak
  • Monte carlo simulation
  • Proton boron fusion therapy

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