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What is proton beam therapy?

20 Nov 2018 James Dacey

In this short video for our 100 Second Science series, medical physicist Ranald Mackay explains the principles behind proton beam therapy. Mackay works at The Christie hospital in Manchester, which is the first UK hospital to offer proton therapy on the National Health Service (NHS). Mackay explains why, in specific cases, protons offer advantages over conventional radiotherapy based on high-energy X-rays.

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