LINAC for Cancer Treatment

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Does a LINAC that is used for cancer treatment using beta particles?
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No, they usually use light ions, carbon isotopes for instance.
 
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linacs used for radiation therapy produce electron beams. There is some work being done using proton beams, but these are usually at research facilities with access to larger accelerators.
 
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does electron beam mean beta particles?

I am very new to this stuff. I seem to find on wikipedia that it is but I want to be sure I get it.

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does electron beam mean beta particles?

I am very new to this stuff. I seem to find on wikipedia that it is but I want to be sure I get it.

thanks
Yes, electrons and beta particles are the same things.
 
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thank you for your time and have a good day
 

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