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Proton therapy in cancer treatment

Why are protons used in cancer therapy ? Is there any advantages compared to classics X-rays treatment or electron treatment ?
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How specifically does an MRI machine build an image from received radio waves

Unlike the excellent Wikipedia page on ultrasound imaging, the one on MRI only explains the principle theory behind MRI - that oscillating strong magnetic fields cause water molecules to emit ...
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How is it possible for an Ultrasound device to correctly interpret a negative density change in tissue?

I understand the principles of Ultrasound Imaging, and the mathematics behind sonar velocity, impedance, and reflection. I also understand that an Ultrasound device recieves an echo produced by ...
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Nanorobots. What stops us from producing them yet?

If we can already predicts accuratelly motion on molecular levels, what stops us from developing small robots to, for instance, navigate through our blood vessels looking for cancerous cells and ...
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Why (infra-)red light is not used in diagnostics?

I noticed that human body conducts red visible light quite well. A hand placed over a powerful red lamp seems to be semi-transparent while over any other color it does not. Possibly the light ...
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Is metabolic rate the amount of heat given off?

The Basal Metabolic Rate is intuitively expressed as "the amount of energy you consume just sitting around." In some places it seems to be equated with the amount of heat that you give off. Is this ...
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Is there a name for a quantity that represents (volumetric) flow per unit of mass?

In a lot of medical literature about blood flow in the brain, researchers denote the amount of volumetric blood flow that passes through a certain amount of brain tissue as "cerebral blood flow". ...
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Medical/Physics Question - Cut Off Finger Preservation

This question might require some knowledge of medical/tissue, but physicists seem to know everything, so figured I've give it a shot here ;) When people put cut off fingers they are told to put the ...
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Equivalences for mCi doses and Rads?

What would be the magnitude of radiation received for a 50mCi dose of radioiodine I-31 as compared to say RADS? I read that it might be on the order of about 35 RADS. Does this make sense?
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Difference between conventional spiral/helix CT and multi-slice spiral CT

I'm currently learning about CT scanners, and come across conventional spiral/helix CT, and then multi-slice spiral CT. What I can get out of it is, that the multi-slice scanner have a lot more ...
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How mirror equation can explain farsightedness correction?

I have a friend who has just show me his medical prescription for hyperopia (farsightedness) correction and he needs glasses with 4,25 diopters for that, which seemed to be weird for me because I had ...
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How do you calculate the equivalent absorbed radiation dose from activity, type of emission, and the energy of the emission?

I have a sample of U-238 of which my Geiger counter detects beta activity at 700 events per second. Based on the counter's efficiency of 98.6% for U-238, the activity would be about 710 becquerels, I ...
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Visual Fields testing: Decibels of sensitivity - meaning

Automated Visual Field test measures the patient light sensitivity in decibels. Questions: If one point has sensitivity of 30 decibels and another point has sensitivity of 27 decibels does it mean ...
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What does (simple) $j/cm^2$ represent AND how does this result $6.959j/cm^2$? [closed]

According to the image shown below, this specific Laser Hair Treatment device claims that it has a concentration of $6.959 j/cm^2$. So far by research I have found that it needs around $6\mbox{ to }7 ...
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The 4 R's of radiotherapy - redistribution

I'm having some trouble of getting a grasp of this term, so I hoped someone could enlighten me. As far as I understand, the idea behind it is, that cells have different cycles in their "life", and in ...
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Copper coils for nMRI

Given the lack of financial efficacy in the medical industry, I was wondering if nuclear magnetic resonance imaging would be possible with a copper/silver coil if the use is short 10 second imaging ...
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Bystander effect: last works?

Do you know the last works about Bystander Effect on cells caused by radiations? I have found research papers until 2004.
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How does fluoroscopy (x-ray) imaging work in practice?

I know the basics, that by measuring how much x-ray signal reaches each 'pixel' on the receiver we can measure how much has been absorbed. But this gives only a single channel of information, e.g a ...