Center for Companion Animal Health

Linear Accelerator

New Radiation Therapy Completed

 

Removal of the old linear accelerator and installation of the new radiation therapy unit has been completed.  The complex process involved not only removing the old machine, but also removing much of the old floor and replacing it with a floor and base specifically designed to support the new linear accelerator.  A new power supply and "power conditioner" have also been added. The linear accelerator is an important tool our veterinary oncology team uses in treating a variety of cancers in dogs, cats, and other animals.  We hope to have the new unit operational in the beginning of November. 

The new linear accelerator is the most advanced machine of its kind and represents a leap in technology, which will allow us to better target tumors.  The machine combines a built-in CT scanner so we can assure the radiation dose is being delivered to the tumor exactly, along with a high definition collimator which allows us to shape the beam with even more precision than we could before.  In addition, the machine will be able to control for patient motion and stop delivering radiation if for example breathing moves the tumor out of the treatment area.

The photos below show  removal of the old linear accelerator, and preparing the "vault" for the installation of the new linear accelerator.  The new unit is now operational and we are once again able to provide state-of-the-art treatment on site for our oncology patients.


Photo: old linac ready for removal     photo: removal of old floor     Photo: removal of old floor

The photos above show the old linear accelerator ready for removal, and part of the process of removing the old floor.



photo: pouring concrete for new floor     photo: installing the new universal base     photo: new power supply

The photos above show pouring the concrete for the new floor and base; the new universal base; and the new power supply.



Dr. Michael Kent with new linear accelerator          New linear accelerator

 The photos above show the new radiation therapy unit.  The photo to the left shows veterinary oncologist Dr. Michael Kent, Associate Director of the CCAH.  Now that the unit itself is in place, the software controls will be refined and technical adjustments made to ready the new equipment for clinical use.