What's new in radiation and proton therapy

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What's new in radiation and proton therapy

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | September 16, 2019
Rad Oncology Proton Therapy
From the September 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


P-Cure’s system is in use at the Northwestern Medical Chicago Proton Center. The company is supplying its system to medical centers in the U.K. and China, and is negotiating with other cancer treatment centers and research institutes in Israel and around the world.

ProTom Radiance 330 Treatment Room
ProTom International
ProTom International has been working with its proton therapy partners to make updates to its products.

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“You’re always looking at ways you can improve your product,” said Stephen Spotts, chief executive officer of ProTom International. “A lot of what we work on is behind the walls, so to speak.”

At an installation at Massachusetts General Hospital, where patient treatment is starting soon, the company is working on a new workflow-driven user interface that is fully integrated into the facility’s own oncology information system called WhiteBoard. The center will also have a fully integrated couch-mounted cone beam CT with an automatic patient positioner.

“With the cone beam CT mounted on couch and robotic patient positioner you’re not moving the patient from the imaging to treatment position,” Spotts said.

The company is also moving forward with a new center, the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy in Adelaide, where there will be a new gantry design.

“We decided some while ago, because of our beam line and what we wanted to accomplish with our system, we needed to design our own proprietary gantry,” Spotts said. “The new gantry design dramatically reduces the reliance on the building accuracy. Things are never perfect. The floor is never completely flat. This design is built so that the reliance on the accuracy of the building is as close to zero as possible. The gantry that we have used in the past is wall-mounted. There are in-bed plates built into the building. This will be sitting on the floor with pedestals that are completely adjustable.”

The company is also working on updating its scanning nozzle to give it a larger field of view and treatment volume, with a less intrusive nozzle design.

Varian ProBeam 360
Varian

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