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Analysis of boron-10 in soft tissue by dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry.

We report here a preliminary study in which dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) has provided images of boron-10 (10B) in biological tissue as used in research into boron neutron capture therapy. Cultured tumour cells incubated in media containing known concentrations of a 10B-containing compound, p-boronophenylalanine (BPA), and intracranial tumour tissue from animals previously injected with BPA were analysed by an in-house constructed SIMS. Investigations were conducted in positive secondary ion detection mode using a 25-keV, 5-nA gallium primary ion source. For calibration purposes, tissue standards were also analysed and their boron-to-carbon signal ratios correlated to bulk boron concentrations measured by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). Ion maps of 10B, 12C, 23Na and 39K showing gross tissue and cell features were acquired. SIMS and ICP-AES standard measurements were in good agreement. Tissue regions with high or low 10B concentrations were identified along with 10B hotspots in normal brain areas. Cultured cells revealed the intracellular localization of 10B. SIMS is capable of producing images showing the distribution of 10B at p.p.m. levels in cells and in normal and tumour-bearing brain tissue.[1]


  1. Analysis of boron-10 in soft tissue by dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry. Oyedepo, A.C., Brooke, S.L., Heard, P.J., Day, J.C., Allen, G.C., Patel, H. Journal of microscopy. (2004) [Pubmed]
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