Elekta delays order target for Unity MR linac

Elekta is shifting its order-taking goals for Unity. “Recently, we have made two difficult decisions for the short term, but I’m convinced that they are correct and necessary for the long term. Firstly, we have extended the final stage of the development and testing of Elekta Unity in order to finalize and validate the linac control system, as well as ensure that customers can make Read More

The Physics of Healing: Radiation Therapy

Few days are worse than a day when you hear the words, “I’m sorry, you have cancer.” Fear of the unknown, fear of pain, and fear of death all attend the moment when you learn the news, and nothing can prepare you for the shock of learning that your body has betrayed you. It can be difficult to know there’s something growing inside you that shouldn’t Read More

Easier access to cancer treatment: Stanford-Emanuel center expands in a big way

A treatment center at Turlock’s Emanuel Medical Center now has double the capacity for treating patients with cancer. The Stanford-Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center has added a second linear accelerator for delivering doses of radiation to treat malignant tumors. The center on East Tuolumne Road is a joint venture of Emanuel and Stanford Health Care and began treating cancer patients from the Central Valley in 2007. Read More

New therapy offers alternative treatment for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Kentucky. In the United States, more than 200,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. If diagnosed early, a common treatment for non-small cell lung cancer is surgery to remove the cancer, often along with an entire lobe of the lung. Surgery requires the patient to be healthy enough to survive the operation and to be Read More

Coming up roses: Flower picked from hospital garden used to test £5.3m radiotherapy machine

The MR-guided linear accelerator (MR-linac) is currently one of only seven experimental systems in the world. It combines magnetic resonance (MR) scanning and ‘tumour-busting’ radiotherapy to deliver magnetic resonance radiotherapy in one package. It is expected to deliver some of the most precise radiotherapy available once fully operational, according to The Christie. The installation of the new £5.3m machine was completed earlier this year and Read More

Stanford’s new ‘accelerator on a chip’ could revolutionize medical care

Researchers at Stanford University are developing a linear accelerator that is the size of a chip — instead of two miles long — and it could herald a medical breakthrough. Linear accelerators are commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. However, only a handful have been constructed as they are very expensive to build, maintain and operate. Stanford’s accelerator on a Read More

Budgeting Tips for Upgrading Oncology Medical Equipment

Upgrading oncology medicinal equipment is a key prospect for each healthcare provider. Be that as it may, with the present healthcare reforms and diminishing budgets, the need to keep cost low while enhancing patient care can be challenging. It’s important to search for cost-effective ways to invest limited capital, so before upgrading your oncology medical equipment, consider the following tips Smart Financing Paying money for Read More

Concrete applications for accelerator science

Particle accelerators are the engines of particle physics research at Fermilab. They generate nearly light-speed, subatomic particles that scientists study to get to the bottom of what makes our universe tick. Fermilab experiments rely on a number of different accelerators, including a powerful, 500-foot-long linear accelerator that kick-starts the process of sending particle beams to various destinations. But if you’re not doing physics research, what’s Read More

Making sense of complex cancer cures

HYDERABAD: Radiation oncology or Radiation Therapy uses carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to shrink or eliminate cancer cells or tumors. It is one of the three main cancer treatment modalities along with surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy is found to be most effective in treating cancers related to brain and spinal cord, head and neck, cervix, breast, lungs, bones and prostrate. Most notable Read More