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GaToroid: a non-rotating gantry for hadron therapy

Thursday, March 28, 2019  
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GaToroid: a non-rotating gantry for hadron therapy

Around half of newly diagnosed cancer cases would benefit from treatment with radiation therapy. And hadron therapy, which uses proton or ion beams to deliver precision tumur targeting with zero exit dose, could improve therapeutic outcomes in 15–20% of these cases. But the number of potential patients — some 1.5 million per year at present — far outweighs the capacity of currently installed hadron therapy systems, which treat some 20,000 patients per year.

So why not just build more hadron therapy facilities? One obstacle is the vast size, weight and cost of current instruments. A European team aims to create a lightweight and compact superconducting gantry for hadron therapy — called GaToroid — that could dramatically increase access to precise radiation therapy.

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