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Does radiation therapy involve the use of chemicals, or is it like using a ray gun?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Linear Accelerator

Ray gun. I like that.
Electrons are accelerated towards tungsten and the braking (slowing down of these when they hit) creates the x-rays. Different energies can be made depending on the voltage levels. No chemicals are used. Old days cobalt-60 was a radioactive substance in the machine that gave off these xrays. Its the same kind as xrays for pictures but for therapy the energies are higher.

In brief: Linear Accelerator

Ray gun. I like that.
Electrons are accelerated towards tungsten and the braking (slowing down of these when they hit) creates the x-rays. Different energies can be made depending on the voltage levels. No chemicals are used. Old days cobalt-60 was a radioactive substance in the machine that gave off these xrays. Its the same kind as xrays for pictures but for therapy the energies are higher.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: X-rays, no chemical

Usually the form of radiation used is high energy x-rays.
These are produced by high energy linear accelarators. Protons and gamma rays are to name a couple more forms of radiation. There is no chemical.

In brief: X-rays, no chemical

Usually the form of radiation used is high energy x-rays.
These are produced by high energy linear accelarators. Protons and gamma rays are to name a couple more forms of radiation. There is no chemical.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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