What is a LINAC System?
A LINAC system delivers high intensity radiations in the body of patients who suffer from cancer for their treatment. Radiation enters the patient’s body in a precise manner to treat deep-seated tumors. The reason this form of treatment has become popular is because it lessens the overall treatment duration and can more easily pin-point the exact tumor without ruining the surrounding healthy tissue.
LINAC devices, otherwise known as linear accelerators, work by using microwave technology. High energy x-rays are produced by this device by accelerating electrons. When these x-rays exit the machine, they take the shape of the tumor in the patient’s body. A beam is used to direct these x-rays to the tumor. It comes out of gantry; a part of the accelerator.
Factors to Consider for Buying this Machine
If you want to buy such a machine for your hospital, there are certain factors that you need to consider taking the final decision. The topmost factor you need to consider is LINAC system costs. In the recent years, the costs have increased. The clinic needs to have a plan before taking the decision of buying this machine for the treatment of cancer patients.
Moreover, hospital staff and technicians must be made aware of how this system works. Proper training is required for operating this machine. A patient, with a deep-seated tumor, is made to lie on a moveable couch specifically used for treatment purposes. This couch can move in different directions. To ensure that the patient lies in a proper position, lasers are used. Gantry is rotated to deliver radiations in the patient’s body from different angles.
Maintenance of LINAC System
It is important to keep your LINAC machine in a proper condition for its smooth functioning. For this purpose, you will need to contact LINAC services provider for its maintenance. With a little research, you can find a LINAC services provider easily. However, you need to be sure of the standard of their services. Make sure they have experience of handling such a machine and their technicians are expert in providing maintenance services.
Safety of Patients and Technicians
It is important to observe patient’s safety before using this treatment method to cure them. First, the dosage of treatment is double-checked and ensured it is as prescribed by the oncologist. A whole treatment plan is devised for patient keeping in view their condition and place of the tumor. Moreover, every time the patient is to be given a dose of this treatment, it is ensured that the machine is in a good condition and radiation intensity is uniform. Special care is taken so that a higher dose is not given to the patient than prescribed. Apart from patient’s safety, the safety of operating staff is also considered. For this purpose, concrete walls are used to shield the x-ray beams.
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