By Theresa Edwards Makrush
The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute recently reached a major milestone in the expansion of our cancer treatment capabilities. The largest piece of the new, single-room proton therapy system – known as the Proteus®ONE manufactured by IBA – was lifted and lowered into the building addition on Monday, Nov. 19.
The 100-ton device, roughly the weight of a 757 airplane, is called a gantry. It is the part of the proton therapy system that rotates around the patient to deliver the proton beam. The second largest piece was delivered and installed the week before on Tuesday, Nov. 13. It is a 55-ton cyclotron that accelerates the protons used in proton therapy.
It is part of the $39 million expansion and upgrade project started in 2016. When the equipment becomes operational next year, we will be able to treat 25 percent more patients and treat additional types of cancer.
For more on the project, watch this interview of executive director Stuart Klein on WJXT-TV’s River City Live and this story by ActionNewsJax.