Construction of site for CTRC's Linear Accelerator
In uniting efforts with the Department of Radiation Oncology, Facilities Management played a large part in helping the Cancer Therapy Research Center (CTRC) welcome its newest addition, the Novalis Tx radiosurgery system that uses the Varian Linear Accelerator. A linear accelerator uses x-rays to target tumors and eliminate the growth of the cells in patients.
Facilities Management's role in this project was to construct a site to house the accelerator. Construction began in the Grossman CTRC vault on October 27, 2008 with the delivery of the linear accelerator on February 10, 2009. The project's biggest challenge came not in the transportation of the 18,000-pound machine, but in removing the old machine’s base frame which had been set in concrete. With one jack hammer at a time the renovation was completed and, on April 22, 2009, the Novalis TX was used on a patient for the first time.
The mission of UTHSCSA and CTRC together is to generate a premier cancer center headed by the power of academic research in providing better lives to cancer patients in the South Texas communities.
FM personnel involved in this project:
Dan Parker, Work Control Coordinator
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Article provided by Lisa Graziano, Work Control Coordinator for Facilities Management.
Primary photo provided by Karen Stamm, Assistant Director of News and Information for the Cancer Therapy and Research Center.
For more information on CTRC's Varian linear accelerator, click here.