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The journey started in Belgium. The first destination was Houston. From Houston, the trip continued slowly north to Irving.
The cargo on this journey was a 220-ton cyclotron, a magnet-packed particle accelerator that will provide cancer treatment at the Texas Center for Proton Therapy. Located at 1501 W. Royal Lane in Irving, the center is scheduled to open in early 2016. It will take at least a year to calibrate the circular machine that will create protons traveling at super speeds through a beamline with pinpoint accuracy to a patient’s tumor.
According to center director Gary Barlow, the new cyclotron is the only second-generation proton therapy technology in Texas, which means it can do even more than the first-generation machines.
Barlow joined Dr. Steven Paulson, chair and president of Texas Oncology, in watching the delivery to the center. Two massive trucks carried the cyclotron–the first truck brought the bottom piece and the second truck the top piece. Each part weighed 110 tons. A 600-ton crane made by Davis Crane of Irving carefully lifted each piece and placed them in the building.
Physical construction of the center is about 80 percent complete. A collaboration of Texas Oncology The U.S. Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health, the center will provide treatment for cancers in sensitive areas and for pediatric cancers. The treatment’s accuracy will minimize side effects.
To learn more, visit texascenterforprotontherapy.com.