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Strahlentherapie und Onkologie

, Volume 175, Supplement 2, pp 18–20 | Cite as

Initial experience of using an active beam delivery technique at PSI

  • Eros PedroniEmail author
  • Terence Böhringer
  • Adolf Coray
  • Emmanuel Egger
  • Martin Grossmann
  • Shixiong Lin
  • Antony Lomax
  • Gudrun Goitein
  • Werner Roser
  • Barbara Schaffner
Accelerator and Medical Physics

Summary

At PSI a new proton therapy facility has been assembled and commissioned. The major features of the facility are the spot scanning technique and the very compact gantry. The operation of the facility was started in 1997 and the feasibility of the spot scanning technique has been demonstrated in practice with patient treatments. In this report we discuss the usual initial difficulties encountered in the commissioning of a new technology, the very positive preliminary experience with the system and the optimistic expectations for the future. The long range goal of this project is to parallel the recent developments regarding inverse planning for photons with a similar advanced technology optimized for a proton beam.

Key Words

Proton therapy Proton therapy facility Spot scanning Beam scanning Dynamic therapy Proton gantry Inverse planning 

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© Urban & Vogel 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eros Pedroni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Terence Böhringer
  • Adolf Coray
  • Emmanuel Egger
  • Martin Grossmann
  • Shixiong Lin
  • Antony Lomax
  • Gudrun Goitein
  • Werner Roser
  • Barbara Schaffner
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Radiation MedicinePaul Scherrer InstituteVilligen PSISwitzerland

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