The Rutherford Cancer Centre in South Wales, UK, has installed Ion Beam Applications’ high-energy proton beam therapy cyclotron called Proteus ONE.
Designed to deliver proton radiation therapy, the 55t system provides pencil beam scanning, which decreases the radiation exposure of healthy tissue.
The cyclotron creates a high-energy beam of protons to provide radiotherapy for patients.
The elimination of the use of X-rays during the treatment decreases the damage risk for surrounding tissue.
IBA chief executive officer Olivier Legrain said: “We are proud to have successfully delivered the cyclotron of the first proton beam therapy system in the UK, and to start the installation process.
“The compact design of the cyclotron means that it consumes less energy than similar technologies on the market, which in turn minimises the impact on the environment and reduces treatment cost.”
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Being constructed by Proton Partners International in Newport, Gwent, Wales, the Rutherford Centre is currently in its final phase of construction.
Proton Partners International chief executive officer Mike Moran said: “We are offering an all-encompassing cancer service, as every patient is different and requires a unique treatment plan.
“The centre recently opened to receive referrals for conventional treatments and, following this morning’s successful arrival of the proton beam cyclotron, we will begin the installation.
“Engineers from IBA and our physics team will work together to accept and commission the system for clinical use.”
Proton Partners intends to install the same cyclotron at other Rutherford Cancer Centres in the UK, which are currently under construction in Northumberland, Reading and Liverpool.
Image: Delivery of proton beam therapy system at The Rutherford Cancer Centre, UK. Photo: courtesy of Proton Partners International.