Five teams named finalists in Chicago Innovation Exchange’s funding competition
A new technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory to target cancer tumors earns a finalist spot in CIE challenge. The technology called minimally invasive electron radiation therapy is accomplished by inserting a rigid catheter through a small incision, aligning the catheter at the tumor, and transmitting a highly focused, high-energy electron beam into the tumor. MIERT can irradiate cancers that are difficult to treat with X-rays, such as bone metastasis, tumors near the spine and inoperable tumors. John Noonan, Terry Smith and Dean Walters, all of Argonne National Laboratory, lead the team.