Seoul, Mar 27.- South Korea will start operations of a heavy-ion medical accelerator in 2023, the science minister said today, a move that could offer a new and effective radiotherapy to cancer patients.
The government has ditched a long delayed project to develop a heavy-ion medical accelerator and will instead buy it from Japan.
Treatment using a heavy-ion medical accelerator will be 'available in five years if we place an order this year,' experts said in a meeting with officials of the Seoul National University Hospital and Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences in Busan.
Busan will be home to the country's first heavy-ion medical accelerator.
The Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences said on its website that the heavy-ion medical accelerator has shown 'remarkable treatment results compared with existing radiation treatment, with almost no cancer treatment side effects.'
Since 1994 the institute has treated more than 9 thousand and 500 cancer patients. (Prensa Latina)