EXPANSION, UPGRADES AT UF HEALTH PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED

Proton therapy
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14.01.2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 13, 2016) — The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute today announced an expansion that will increase the number of cancer patients and the types of cancer it is able to treat. The estimated $39 million project will include system upgrades that will improve treatment efficiency and technology.

The centerpiece of the multiphase project is the addition of a compact, single-room treatment system. The 10,000-square-foot expansion includes both an accelerator, used to speed up the protons, and a treatment gantry equipped with pencil beam scanning – an advanced delivery technique.  Currently, the 98,000-square-foot facility has four treatment rooms – three equipped with rotating gantries and one fixed beam room – all powered by one proton accelerator called a cyclotron. When the addition is completed, the facility will have five treatment rooms – four gantries and one fixed beam room – and will increase patient capacity by approximately 25 percent.

“When the project is completed, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute will have one of the most versatile proton therapy systems in the world,” said executive director Stuart L. Klein, MHA. “Each delivery technique – double scattering, uniform scanning and pencil beam scanning – will enable physicians to use the optimal treatment delivery customized for each patient.”

 

Download the full press releasehttps://www.floridaproton.org/news/expansion-upgrades-uf-health-proton-therapy-institute-announced

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