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Can radiotherapy treat Alzheimer's disease?

Research in mice reveals that radiotherapy can significantly reduce Alzheimer's disease-associated amyloid-β plaques.

Advances in synchrotron-based breast CT

Researchers in Italy are planning the first clinical study of phase-contrast breast CT with synchrotron radiation.

How to select targets for technetium-99m production

Simple technique assesses the suitability of molybdenum targets used for cyclotron-based technetium-99m production.

'Kill-painting' tackles hypoxic tumours

Treatment plans based on "kill-painting" optimize ion beam therapy for hypoxic tumours.

Sensitive imager boosts cancer cell detection

A sensitive imaging system that detects a fluorescent biomarker in tumour cells could enable more accurate brain tumour excision.

Proton therapy is 'as effective and less toxic'

Treating paediatric medulloblastoma with proton therapy is as effective as conventional radiotherapy, while causing fewer long-term toxic effects.

Gadolinium not essential in paediatric MRI

Gadolinium-based contrast agents are not necessary in PET/MRI scans to evaluate tumours in paediatric patients.

Dissolvable implants monitor brain injuries

New electronic implants simply resorb harmlessly into the body when no longer needed.

The first laser-printed 3D cellular tubes

The first demonstration of laser bioprinting of branched cellular tubes brings researchers a step closer to the ultimate goal of printing entire organs.

Breath hold is safe for PBS proton therapy

The breath-hold approach is a realistic clinical option for treating lung tumours with pencil-beam scanning proton therapy.

Dosimeter simulations: caution advised

Researchers using Monte Carlo simulations of radiotherapy detectors must be aware of potential differences between blueprints and manufactured devices.

Scientists measure 'sound' of clinical proton beam

Researchers measure the acoustic waves generated by a pulsed proton beam from a hospital-based cyclotron.

Nanocrystal memory monitors heart rate

Ultrathin, wearable and stretchy heart rate monitor can store far more recorded data than previous similar devices.

MLC tracks lung tumours in clinical trial

In a world-first clinical trial, a multi-leaf collimator is used to track moving lung tumours during radiation therapy.

MSOM offers 3D in vivo skin mapping

Multispectral optoacoustic mesoscopy enables 3D in vivo mapping of melanin and blood oxygenation in human skin.

MR-Eye work scoops top prize

A pioneering exhibit about the role of microscopy coil MRI for eye assessment won a prestigious award at last month's RSNA meeting.

In brief: research round-up

Recent developments in EEG, cancer imaging, nanomedicine and more.

Modelling Fukushima radiation spread

Atmospheric dispersion model calculates doses received by the public following damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Lead protects pacemakers from radiation

Lead shields can reduce the radiation delivered to pacemakers during radiotherapy by up to 40%.

Nanoparticles enhance AMD radiotherapy

Gold nanoparticles can boost the effectiveness of radiosurgery treatments of age-related macular degeneration.