Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi announced that the AEOI has launched a project to manufacture micro linear accelerators.
“The AEOI has a new project to build micro linear accelerators which can be used in hospitals,” Salehi said on the sidelines of a forum in Tehran on Tuesday.
He also elaborated on Iran’s cyclotron accelerators, and said, “We have one cyclotron and plan to purchase another one too, but we are now working to build our own cyclotrons as well.”
A linear accelerator (LINAC) is the device most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer.
The linear accelerator is used to treat all parts/organs of the body. It delivers high-energy x-rays to the region of the patient’s tumor.
The Iranian scientists have made huge progress in medical sciences, some of them with the AEOI’s assistance.
Salehi announced in 2014 that the AEOI experts had built 7 new state-of-the-art laser systems for medical applications.
“These laser systems include holmium lasers and second harmonic laser systems with applications in prostate surgery and kidney stone crusher machine, erbium laser and bio-di laser systems for dentistry, a fractional laser system to help the treatment process of skin diseases and a laser therapy machine with applications in physiotherapy,” Salehi said.
“And we are now trying to transfer the technology for building these laser systems to the knowledge-based companies for mass-production,” he added.
In a relevant development, researchers from Iran University of Medical Sciences presented a new method in the same year to overcome limitations in the laser surgery of head and neck through nanotechnology.
This therapy increases the performance of cancer treatment methods if it completely succeeds and helps the society’s health significantly.