News | Proton Therapy | September 21, 2015

IBA to Install Latin America’s First Proton Therapy Center in Argentina

Facility to begin treating patients at the end of 2018

September 21, 2015 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA) announced that it has signed a contract with the company INVAP for the installation of a proton therapy center at the Instituto de Oncologia Angel Roffo hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

IBA will equip the new center with its ProteusPlus system, including one gantry treatment room with next-generation pencil beam scanning capability and one research and development room. The contract will also include an operation and maintenance agreement. The equipment and services that will be supplied by IBA are worth between EUR 35 and 40 million to IBA.

This first proton therapy center to be installed in Latin America is part of the implementation of the Nuclear Medicine National Plan of the Argentine Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services, together with the Ministry of Health and the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA). The Nuclear Medicine National Plan is a unique government plan of investment in infrastructure and equipment designed to ensure free access to the highest standards in prevention, treatment, research and training in nuclear medicine and oncology. It is expected that the center will treat its first patient at the end of 2018.

The Argentine Minister of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services, Julio De Vido, commented: "Bringing an innovative new cancer center closer to the people has the objective to give better chances to fight this severe disease. Argentina is the first country in Latin America to have access to this unique medical technology which will be beneficial for the health of patients in the country.”

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