MIT Nuclear Research Reactor - Uses


The MITR research program encompasses most aspects of neutron science and engineering including nuclear medicine. Some of these activities are:

  • Boron neutron capture therapy
  • Radiation synovectomy
  • Neutron activation analysis for the identification of air pollutants and isotope ratios in geological specimens
  • Fission engineering
  • Materials testing
  • Training
  • Neutron transmutation doping of silicon

The MITR is one of only six facilities in the world to be engaged in patient trials for the use of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) to treat both brain tumors and skin cancer. The MITR fission converter beam is the first to be designed for BNCT.

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