Proton Partners International has agreed a two-year collaborative research project with The University of Liverpool to enhance proton beam therapy (PBT) technology via a new measurement system, 3D Water Phantom, developed to further improve the accuracy of PBT treatment.
The system will use pixelated silicon detectors, first developed at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. It is hoped the improved accuracy will lead to better modelling and calibration of treatment beams, in turn offering more advanced treatment and allowing more accurate clinical R&D.
Proton Partners International is building a series of oncology centres, The Rutherford Cancer Centres, offering proton beam therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging, and wellbeing services. It says the first, in Newport, will be the UK’s first operational facility to offer high energy PBT – starting in early 2018. It is also building a cancer centre in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s Paddington Village, and further facilities in Northumberland and Reading