Linear accelerators have two different components that allow for images of the patient to be made while the patient is on the linear accelerator:
1. MV Imaging Devices. These devices, also referred to as EPIDs (Electronic Portal Imaging Devices), produce an image of the patient by the use of the mega voltage (MV) beam of radiation that the linear accelerator emits to treat the tumor(s).
2. KV Imaging Devices. These devices produce clearer, x-ray images of the patient through the use of an x-ray tube that is mounted onto the linear accelerator.
The Project Management Team at Radiology Oncology Systems (known as R.O.S. for short) recently completed a major project involving installation of a refurbished Elekta Synergy linear accelerator system at a major public institution in Australia. Such an installation generally takes between eight to twelve weeks. In this case, ROS’s team provided an “expedited installation” and completed the work in just under four weeks.
Jason Feder, Sr. Project Manager at ROS, stated, “we received full acceptance to OEM standards by the facility’s physics & medical staff in under four weeks—this is a record for our company, and a big accomplishment for our team”.
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.
Radiology Oncology Consultants announced that it has installed a linear accelerator system for cancer treatment. This new radiation therapy machine allows some of the most advanced cancer treatment technology available today. Radiation therapy is used to treat over 50% of all cancer cases in the United States, and this new machine manufactured by Varian Medical Systems has “On-Board Imaging” and RapidArc®, two cutting-edge technologies that will allow Radiology Oncology Consultants to treat patients with unprecedented speed and accuracy.
To make way for the new, we often have to clear out the old. Far too often, ROS has received phone calls from hospitals and clinics that have relied on local contractors with little medical equipment removal experience to dispose of their radiation oncology or imaging equipment. Every so often, we hear of poor, if not disastrous, results. To comply with state regulations, for liability and safety reason, and to ensure you don’t end up having to pay for a service multiple times, it is critical to hire the right professionals for the job from the get-go. For over 18 years, ROS has been safely and professionally removing and disposing linacs (short for linear accelerators) and other heavy, hard-to-remove medical equipment. Here below are some examples of recent linac disposal and removal jobs ROS has successfully completed.