November 4, 2010 - A smaller, more efficient and cost-effective proton therapy system will soon be available for cancer treatment centers. The single-room Proteus One system, from IBA Particle Therapy, is roughly one-third the size of the current gantry configuration.
It also offers a smaller cyclotron, shorter beam route from the cyclotron to the treatment room and a more compact gantry. The system was introduced at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in San Diego, Calif. The Proteus One also offers an integrated 3-D Cone Beam CT imaging that rotates around a patient.
The first treatment room is scheduled to open at a planned proton therapy center in Europe in less than four years.
Proton therapy is considered the most advanced and targeted cancer treatment due to its superior dose distribution and fewer side effects. Higher doses can be delivered to the tumor without increasing the risk of side effects and long-term complications, thereby improving outcomes and quality of life for patients.
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