Radiation oncology facilities in the United States should think carefully about what happens to their used equipment. Much of this equipment is being destroyed and scrapped unnecessarily, and it’s imperative that it not go to waste. Used linear accelerators are in high demand in developing markets, and what we do in the United States has consequences around the world.
This newly installed, refurbished linear accelerator system will help thousands of needy cancer patients in a country that is plagued with crisis. Without it, many cancer patients would go without desperately needed treatments.
What happens to pre-owned Linear Accelerators?
In one week, a new radiation oncology clinic in Bolivia will begin using its new linear accelerator (Varian 6EX) to treat cancer patients, giving millions of people in need access to modern and lifesaving technology. This clinic is only one of six in the entire nation of 11 million people, and it will begin operations due to its partnership with R.O.S.!
Bolivia is a country in desperate need of better and more widespread cancer treatment. In a comprehensive study of cancer in Latin America done by The Economist, Bolivia scored the lowest on their Cancer Control scorecard (which serves as a metric of comparison regarding the control and access to cancer treatment). The country scored a 7 out of 30. In fact, access to cancer treatment is so poor in Bolivia, that the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association), has instituted an official project to improve Bolivian cancer treatment and prevention efforts.
Antes de comprar un acelerador lineal de segunda mano, es importante identificar los tipos de tratamientos que ofrecerá a sus pacientes, tanto a corto como a largo plazo. Este gráfico le permite ver qué requisitos de hardware son generalmente necesarios para cada una de las diversas opciones de tratamiento. Hay excepciones a estos parámetros (por ejemplo, algunas instalaciones están haciendo SRS sin tasas de dosis más altas).
Before you purchase a pre-owned linear accelerator system, it is important to identify the types of treatments you will be offering to your patients, both in the short term and in the long term. This chart allows you to see what hardware requirements are generally necessary for each of the various treatment options. There are exceptions to these parameters (for example, some facilities are doing SRS without higher dose rates).
Una de las pregunta que escuchamos frecuentemente en ROS es “estamos buscando un acelerador lineal de segunda mano Varian con capacidades SRS”. La respuesta a esta pregunta requiere un entendimiento básico de algunos de los modelos comunes de aceleradores lineales Varian que están disponibles en el mercado de equipos de segunda mano: Clinac 2100C, 2100C / D, 21EX, 23EX, iX, DHX y Trilogy.