Beam Transport Systems for Particle Therapy

Jacobus Maarten Schippers


The beam transport system between accelerator and patient treatment location in a particle therapy facility is described. After some general layout aspects the major beam handling tasks of this system are discussed. These are energy selection, an optimal transport of the particle beam to the beam delivery device and the gantry, a device that is able to rotate a beam delivery system around the patient, so that the tumour can be irradiated from almost any direction. Also the method of pencil beam scanning is described and how this is implemented within a gantry. Using this method the particle dose is spread over the tumour volume to the prescribed dose distribution.


Beam transport; beam optics; degrader; beam analysis; gantry; pencil beam scanning.

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