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IAEA BNCT technical meeting

Some of us had the privilege to attend the technical meeting on advances in boron neutron capture therapy organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Due to Covid-19, the meeting was held virtually between 27-31 July 2020.

Over 100 participants across 20 countries joined this meeting to share their personal experience and expertise in aid to review and update the current TECDOC-1223. Majority of the participants submitted an abstract, whereby the co-chairs for each session presented a summary of the abstracts. Some of the key points addressed at the meeting were:

  • Standardisation of calculation and reporting for BNCT treatments.
  • An overview of the current accelerator and their targets.
  • Need of beam characterization and discussion on beam requirements.
  • An overview of the boron compounds.
  • A guideline to produce inter-comparable radiobiological data are required to feed computational models to design accurate procedures for treatment planning and dosimetry.
  • Regulatory considerations that cover radiation safety.

The speciality groups will proceed with the drafting of the new sections of the TECDOC and a review will be held in approximately one year. Thereafter, a consultants’ meeting may be held to finalise the document.

The full report of the meeting can be found here. The full draft is expected to be ready before june 2021. 

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