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Different attitudes toward proton therapy drive international growth

by Nancy Ryerson, Staff Writer | September 12, 2013

"Islamic architecture is impacted by the religious beliefs, where we have concerns about gender, sharing the same rooms, concerns about which direction is Mecca, and where do you place patients when lying on cots because their feet can't be showing," said Jessen. "The gender based one is significant because you wonder, does this mean we have to have two separate accelerators, two separate facilities? The answer in this particular case is no, but I see how that could be the case."

A center is being planned to open in Saudi Arabia in 2015, according to Proton Therapy Today. There is also talk of centers opening up in India as well as two in Russia, Courtney said.

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"In India there's a huge need, so I think you're going to see some dramatic numbers there," said Courtney. "In general, the number of centers has really been escalating. We will have added more than 50 centers just in this decade, and with carbon ion therapy, we're only going to see more."

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