LINAC for Cancer Treatment

1. Jul 11, 2007

Does a LINAC that is used for cancer treatment using beta particles?

thanks

2. Jul 11, 2007

humanino

No, they usually use light ions, carbon isotopes for instance.

3. Jul 11, 2007

imabug

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.

4. Jul 11, 2007

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

5. Jul 12, 2007

meopemuk

Yes, electrons and beta particles are the same things.

6. Jul 13, 2007