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Proton Cancer Treatment Center
Proton energy is considered the most advanced of the
oncology energy sources for cancer treatment. There is a two-fold benefit:
One, the energy can be fine-tuned like a laser, and two, the energy source
can be terminated per the Bragg principle, thus avoiding uncontrolled
contaminations of standard Photon radiation.
Proton energy, to be effective, requires high energy of 250 megavolts
achieved by a massive 20-foot generator consisting of 8 huge magnets for
bending the rays as it is energized. This source is transported through
immense magnets to the treatment rooms. At the treatment room it is directed
at the patient by the means of a 38-foot rotating gantry.
David Zeunert & Associates' design concept consisted of a “Y” shaped
configuration that minimized the magnetic transport system, which reduces
energy loss and optimizes the amount of high density concrete walls required
for radiation confinement.
The prototype design was created so the building's footprint could be placed
between two standard city blocks at site locations throughout the United
States, thus a valuable cost reduction feature.
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