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Enabling Novel X-ray Sources to Deliver Tumor-Killing Radiation
07/25/2016 01:00 PM EDT
Physicists and physicians at the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) are creating a new approach to the treatment of aggressive tumors. Tiny beams of X-ray radiation are generated using an array of carbon nanotube X-ray sources to deliver tumor-killing radiation, while preserving normal tissue. The micrograph demonstrates this technology as it shows a 250 micron wide section of tissue damage that was initiated by this X-ray source.