Looking at a linear accelerator, it is not hard to imagine how difficult it can be to remove one from a medical facility. Not only is it a sophisticated and expensive piece of machinery, but it is also, to put it mildly, huge. To make matters more complicated, this behemoth is surrounded by patients, doctors, and other medical staff hurrying about in the busy hive of activity that is a medical center. Getting one of these out of your facility is no small undertaking.
Despite this, there is quite a lot you can do to minimize the stress and complexity of the actual removal of your machine. This involves careful planning and the right team to facilitate the process. At R.O.S., we strive not just to guide you through this process but to be your partner in executing a successful, efficient, and stress-free removal.
The Elekta Gamma Knife Perfexion is a state-of the art machine which uses highly radioactive, but very well-controlled, sources to destroy tumors in the brain. It’s one of the technological wonders in the world of cancer treatment.
This machine needed removal/disposal from a major hospital in the United States, and ROS’s project management team came into action.
Radioactive sources decay over time, and eventually must be removed and disposed. In the case of this machine, all 192 cobalt-60 sources had to be carefully, professionally, and most importantly, safely, removed. This is no easy feat and requires considerable planning, specialized tools, strong regulatory oversight, and a high level of expertise in this type of equipment.
25,000 lbs. of sophisticated technology and metal…dismantling and removing large medical equipment like linear accelerators sounds easy enough. Nevertheless, there are many factors and considerations your clinic or hospital should pay attention to when removing a linear accelerator.
Linear accelerators are extraordinary machines that represent a true miracle of human invention. They safely generate beams of radiation that kill cancer and save human lives. And yet many of these wonderful machines, after years of use and treatment of patients, are often not worth any money.
Varian low/single photon energy linear accelerator machines manufactured in the 1970’s through the early 1990’s often contain depleted uranium shielding (also referred to as counterweights), a radioactive material that must be handled appropriately during the removal and disposal of this equipment.