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lin·e·ar ac·cel·er·a·tor (LINAC),
a device imparting high velocity and energy to atomic and subatomic particles; an important device for radiation therapy.
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linear acceleratorA device that accelerates radioactive particles and beams to body regions affected by malignancy, while minimising damage to normal tissue. Linear accelerators use electrodes and gaps arranged in a straight line, proportioned so when electrical potentials are varied with the proper amplitude and frequency, particles passing through the waveguide receive successive increments of energy, and are therefore accelerated; the device delivers therapeutic radiation in the range of 4 to 25 million volts, as either intense radiation or high-energy electron beams—most commonly, 60Co, delivering 2–10 Gy/min (200–1,000 rads/min) at the centre of an internal malignancy.
External beam radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery.
Head and neck cancer, prostate cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma and other lymphoproliferative malignancies, seminomas and localised breast cancer, in combination with an excision of malignant lumps.
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lin·e·ar ac·cel·er·a·tor(lin'ē-ăr ak-sel'ĕr-ā-tŏr)
A device imparting high velocity and energy to atomic and subatomic particles; an important device for radiation therapy.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
linear acceleratorA machine that uses high voltages to accelerate particles so that they can be used in RADIOTHERAPY.
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