by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | October 16, 2020
From the October 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
With the right team, and with the willingness of the project developer to move some of the already planned expenditures to the early design phases, the time to first patient can be significantly influenced. An experienced design team can have construction drawings ready three to four months after vendor selection. In many countries, foundation permits can be applied for separately from the main building permit. With this, the construction part can be ready for equipment installation in 10 – 14 months, depending on construction organization and size of the facility. From installation start until handover of the first treatment room to the customer, 10 months seem to be a good estimate from past experience. A typical two to three-month clinical validation period by the user will follow before treatment can begin.
It is unlikely that all phases run smoothly for a project, hence an overall optimistic estimate would be 2.5 – 3 years starting at proton therapy vendor selection until first patient.Back to HCB News