ProNova Solutions announced today they have delivered a 230 MeV cyclotron to the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, Tennessee, making this the first facility in the world to have two cyclotrons delivering protons to cancer patients.
“We are thrilled to be installing our first system in Knoxville at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy and look forward to delivering our next systems in Asia and Europe.”
The Provision Center for Proton Therapy is the first installation of the new ProNova SC360 compact proton therapy solution. The currently operating proton center, which houses a cyclotron and three treatment rooms, is adding a two-room ProNova SC360 system. The ProNova system installation, which includes a compact superconducting gantry treatment room and beam line, will be completed in December 2014. Upon completion, Provision Center for Proton Therapy will have five treatment rooms.
The ProNova SC360 includes Fast Scanning IMPT technology with integrated 3D imaging. This unique solution merges leading edge pencil beam delivery, innovative dual-energy 3D imaging capability, and precision positioning to aid physicians and therapists in minimizing collateral damage to healthy tissue and maximizing dose to the tumor. The ProNova compact superconducting gantry is a first of its kind and allows for 360 degrees of patient treatment angle and improved workflow, resulting in faster treatment times and higher productivity.
“Because of the unique design of the system, the entire solution can be delivered using standard freight carriers,” said Joe Matteo, Division President of ProNova Solutions, R&D and manufacturing told Drox Tech. “We are thrilled to be installing our first system in Knoxville at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy and look forward to delivering our next systems in Asia and Europe.”
ProNova is building a 55,000 square foot R&D and manufacturing facility in East Tennessee. The first phase of the facility will enable ProNova to manufacture and fully test the SC360 system in the United States. The building will be completed in November of this year, with ProNova starting operations in January of 2015.
The new ProNova SC360 system is on display in Booth #637 at ASTRO’s 56th Annual Meeting being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. This year’s meeting will highlight many of the advances in proton therapy, including the need for continued innovation in imaging capability and positioning accuracy.