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07.11.2014
Shakardokht Jafari - Afghan PhD Student Develops Radiotherapy Monitor

Medical physics PhD student Shakardokht  Jafari who lost her father to cancer has developed a new way of monitoring radiotherapy using inexpensive glass jewellery beads. This is opening up new possibilities for cancer treatment around the world.

Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Surrey have confirmed this new treatment of Shakardokht. 

The researchers of Surrey University stated that Shakardokht’s project has been developed to find an alternative for the commonly used dosimeters, using Professor David Bradley’s research into optical fibres.

Shakardokht says “when I was child, I used to make necklaces using glass beads to earn a little money” and this gave her the initial idea to use cheap beads.

Shakardokht Jafari in an interview with Wahida Tahmasi said “I used simple glass beads which are easily available anywhere, could create a new treatment for x-ray”

She mentioned that the classic way of cancer treatment is very expensive in countries like Afghanistan.

 

     
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