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Northern Illinois Proton Center on the Verge of Major Medical Breakthrough
Date:2/24/2010

WEST CHICAGO, Ill., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists and researchers from the Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center (NIPTRC) and Northern Illinois University along with their partners are developing a new imaging process using a proton beam that they believe will be a major medical breakthrough in the delivery of proton beam therapy for cancer patients.

Research Director and Chief Physicist George Coutrakon, Ph.D. says it demonstrates that NIPTRC and NIU are already fulfilling their goal to further cancer treatment for certain head and neck as well as difficult to treat pediatric cancers.

"By using a proton beam scan instead of an x-ray CT scan to image a patient prior to treatment, density maps would be more accurate and the proton beam would stop more precisely
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