Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Researchers in Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Unit, have developed a method for prostate and lung cancer treatment through combining nuclear, radio-isotope and nano-technology.
Mohammed Reza Khosrawi Bakht, Master of Medical Radiology, told Mehr News that the method has combined nuclear and nano-technology. "Beta emitting radioactive isotopeshas have found applications in cancer treatment including interferometry as promising method in fighting malignant tumors," he added.
"Combining nuclear and nano-technologies is the main feature of the project. A research project, 'Examination and Development of Praseodymium 142', was defined and carried out," he said.
Khosrawi Bakht provided comments on characteristics of praseodymium 142 isotopes. "These isotopes radiate beta particles, which penetrate few millimeters deep into the body tissues and attack malignant tissues by radiation," he said.
The Project Manager also commented on the method's advantages as having less side-effect compared to other treatments. "Our findings indicated that due to less exposure of healthy tissues to radiation, beta-emitting isotopes have less side-effects compared to other isotopes," he added.
Khosrawi also said that the Project has facilitated isotopes medical applications and added that isotopes were applied to interferometry of prostate and nanoparticles were applied to the treatment of lung cancer.
"Radio-isotopes are planted in prostate and kill cancer cells by beta-emission," he said.
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