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New compact proton therapy machine

 "" UC Davis is helping to develop a compact proton therapy system.
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UC Davis is helping to develop a compact proton therapy system.
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UC Davis Cancer Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Tomotherapy, Inc., are jointly developing a compact proton therapy system that is one-fifth the cost of a full-scale machine and small enough to fit in any major cancer center. Proton therapy is considered the most advanced form of radiation therapy available, but size and cost have limited the technology's use to only six cancer centers nationwide. The compact system also will improve on existing full-scale systems with the capability to vary the energy, intensity and "spot" size of the proton beam. Radiation will be produced in rapid pulses, creating small "spots" of dose throughout the tumor.

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