RTT Accelerator Technology Options Study

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Engineering

Abstract

Conventional and commercially available Radiation Therapy (RT) treatment systems utilise S-band linac technologies coupled to magnetron or klystron RF power sources, which invariably entails incorporation of the linac structure inside the rotating gantry for circumferential patient treatment. The theme of this activity is to assess a variety of different linac and RF source configuration options, taking advantage of recent technology developments in frequency ranges outside of the conventional provision. Advances in both Standing Wave and Travelling Wave linac operational performance and solid state, magnetron and klystron RF power delivery capabilities, have the potential to be able to define a new RT system configuration which can not only outperform, but also may offer a simpler, more efficient and robust system integration platform which can be more appropriately applied for ODA country exploitation.

Planned Impact

Conventional and commercially available Radiation Therapy (RT) treatment systems utilise S-band linac technologies coupled to magnetron or klystron RF power sources, which invariably entails incorporation of the linac structure inside the rotating gantry for circumferential patient treatment. The theme of this activity is to assess a variety of different linac and RF source configuration options, taking advantage of recent technology developments in frequency ranges outside of the conventional provision. Advances in both Standing Wave and Travelling Wave linac operational performance and solid state, magnetron and klystron RF power delivery capabilities, have the potential to be able to define a new RT system configuration which can not only outperform, but also may offer a simpler, more efficient and robust system integration platform which can be more appropriately applied for ODA country exploitation.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description We investigated the state of the art Rf sources and medical linacs to show that new MBK's could provide significant advantages over traditional medical linacs. We evaluated linac technology and manufacturing methods and performed a feasibility analysis of all options leading to a proposed system parameters.
Exploitation Route Its commercially sensitive, but the goal is to provide a radiotherapy product better suited to use in lower-middle income countries.
Sectors Healthcare

 
Description The reserach was written up for a magazine (CERN courier) and our lead medical physicist has given a range of outreach talks
First Year Of Impact 2022
Sector Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description A modular, integrated electron gun and RF cavity for radiotherapy treatment systems in developing countries
Amount £57,849 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S002081/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description High Reliability, Modular Radiotherapy Treatment Linac for cancer care in Developing Countries
Amount £140,153 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/T002484/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 09/2020
 
Description ICEC Linacs for LMIC countries 
Organisation International Cancer Expert Corps
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are designing novel radiotherapy systems that are either cheaper or some simple to maintain.
Collaborator Contribution They provide expertise on the problems faced by radiotherapy providers in LMI countries
Impact We are now having our 3rd workshop in Botswana.
Start Year 2018
 
Title Compact Linac 
Description Medical linac with 90%+ capture efficiency 
IP Reference JRP/NPT/P216545GB00 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact We are in the process of developing a licencing agreement wiith ICEC
 
Description Botswana Radiotherapy worshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Was part of the planning group for an STFC worhop on radiotherapy in Botswana focussed on addressing the issues of providing radiotherapy in LMIC. the workshop was mostly attended by oncologists and radiologists from Africa
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IMAEGMOOH 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I participated in the STFC sponsored I'm an engineer get me out of here competition, where I did live webchats with several schools all over the UK answering questions over a two week period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://energym19.imanengineer.org.uk/