BNCT is a binary treatment. First the patient is administered a targeted boron containing drug through an IV two hours before radiation treatment. The drug is nonradioactive and can be administered without isolating the patient.
After the infusion, the tumor is irradiated with low energy neutrons. The boron absorbs the neutrons in their nucleus and a highly energized reaction occurs breaking up the boron atom and releasing a Li and deadly alpha particle. This alpha particle causes double stranded DNA breaks killing the cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissues.
TAE Life Sciences’s Alphabeam™ System includes a breakthrough compact tandem accelerator-based neutron source designed to be installed in a hospital facility.
The proton energy is tunable and directed through the energy beam line to the correct treatment room.