2014 Article Boron Determination Boron imaging Chemistry ICNCT15 In-vitro Studies In-vivo Studies Physics

Boron concentration measurements by alpha spectrometry and quantitative neutron autoradiography in cells and tissues treated with different boronated formulations and administration protocols

Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2014

Authors:   Bortolussi S., Ciani L., Postuma I., Protti N., Reversi L., Bruschi P., Ferrari C., Cansolino L., Panza L., Ristori S., Altieri S.
Journal: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Abstract: The possibility to measure boron concentration with high precision in tissues that will be irradiated represents a fundamental step for a safe and effective BNCT treatment. In Pavia, two techniques have been used for this purpose, a quantitative method based on charged particles spectrometry and a boron biodistribution imaging based on neutron autoradiography. A quantitative method to determine boron concentration by neutron autoradiography has been recently set-up and calibrated for the measurement of biological samples, both solid and liquid, in the frame of the feasibility study of BNCT. This technique was calibrated and the obtained results were cross checked with those of α spectrometry, in order to validate them. The comparisons were performed using tissues taken form animals treated with different boron administration protocols. Subsequently the quantitative neutron autoradiography was employed to measure osteosarcoma cell samples treated with BPA and with new boronated formulations.