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Linear Accelerator delivered to CMH’s Solari therapy center
SoVaNow.com / May 01, 2013The Solari Radiation Therapy Center at Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) is one step closer to opening with the delivery of a new Linear Accelerator (LINAC) this week. “It is key piece of equipment that will provide radiation therapy treatment” for patients at the Solari Center, said McKinley Perkinson, spokesperson for CMH.
The nine-foot tall, fifteen-foot long, 13,000-pound machine arrived from the West Coast on Thursday. Once installed, it will take the electricians and an experienced technology expert with the VCU Massey Physics Team about four to six weeks to commission the LINAC for use.
The Solari Radiation Therapy Center, which will house the LINAC, is the first and only radiation therapy facility in southern Virginia. It is part of a $19 million expansion to CMH, done in partnership with the Medical College of Virginia’s Massey Cancer Center. When it opens, the Solari Center will eliminate the long distances that local cancer patients now drive to receive daily radiation therapy.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Scott Burnette, CMH CEO, called the Center a cornerstone: “The final piece to a comprehensive and integrated cancer program that meets an important healthcare need in our local community, and provides residents with the convenience of complete, quality cancer services close to home.”
LINAC machines produce a form of radiation known as high-energy x-ray, which is most often used in multi-session treatments to avoid damaging healthy surrounding tissue with too high a dose of radiation. Some of the other benefits associated with using LINAC’s radiation-based surgery and therapy include the ability to target areas as small as a pencil point, thereby minimizing potential damage to healthy tissue, the ability to treat tumors at their earliest stages, and less risk of side effects.
Work on the Solari Center is expected to be completed later this summer.
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