Radiotherapy service manager Maria Thompson, head of radiotherapy physics Graham Chalmers and OSL managing director Carl Pavey at the refurbishment of the existing bunkers where the TomoTherapy machines will be installed.
The UK’s first TomoTherapy TomoHD treatment systems are being installed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, says supplier Oncology Systems Limited, making it Europe’s first dual installation of TomoHDs.
The machines have been purchased through an on-going capital appeal by the hospital’s charity and funds provided by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
The two TomoHD machines will be installed by the autumn and the first patients treated before the end of 2011, making the hospital one of the most advanced cancer centres in Europe. Eight similar TomoTherapy Hi-Art treatment machines are already treating patients at hospitals in England.
OSL clinical director Julie Mead said: “I am pleased that people in the region will soon have access to TomoTherapy technology. Choosing TomoHD is testament to the ground breaking treatment it delivers.”
See this report on page 23 of the July 2011 issue of RAD Magazine.