Nucl Med Biol 2021 Mar 19;96-97:50-53. Epub 2021 Mar 19.
Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA; Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA; Chemical Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY 10065, USA. Electronic address:
First reported by Lise Meitner in 1922 and independently by Pierre Auger in 1923, the Auger effect has been explored as a potential source for targeted radiotherapy. The Auger effect is based on the emission of a low energy electron (typically <25 keV) from an atom post electron capture (EC), internal conversion (IC), or incident X-rays excitation. This phenomenon can cause the emission of a primary electron and multiple electron tracks typically in the nearest proximity of the emission site (2-500 nm). Read More