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Lessons Learned In Building Proton Therapy Centers

By Sean Ashcroft, Gary Barlow, and Jay Armand

Publication: Healthcare Design Magazine

The cyclotron at the Texas Center for Proton Therapy in Irving, Texas, is big.

Weighing 220 tons—or as much as a fully loaded Boeing 757—the unit had to be welded to the bottom of the ship that brought it to the Port of Houston from Belgium because if it shifted even slightly during the voyage, it could capsize the boat. Once on land, the truck transporting the cyclotron from Galveston, Texas, to Irving took three days to make what is normally a four-hour drive, escorted by police officers and using a route dictated by the Texas Department of Transportation because many bridges wouldn’t be able to bear the load.

Read the full story at Healthcare Design Magazine.

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