In-Core Experiments Group

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT)

Trace Element Analysis

Neutron Scattering

Neutron Radiography

NTD Silicon Doping

High-Temperature Fluoride Salt-Cooled Reactors



Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is a binary form of cancer therapy which uses a boron-containing compound that preferentially concentrates in tumor sites. The tumor site is then irradiated by a neutron beam. The neutrons in the beam interact with the boron in the tumor to cause the boron atom to split into an alpha particle and lithium nucleus. Both of these particles have a very short range (about one cellular diameter) and cause significant damage to the cell in which it is contained. In this way, damage is done to the tumor cell, while largely sparing healthy tissue.




For general information on BNCT, contact Thomas Newton (617) 253-4211


An in depth description of BNCT