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48th Meeting of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group

Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG)

28.09. - 03.10.2009, Heidelberg

Improving ion gantries

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  • M. Pullia - Accelerator dept., Fondazione CNAO, Pavia, Italy

PTCOG 48. Meeting of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group. Heidelberg, 28.09.-03.10.2009. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc09ptcog160

doi: 10.3205/09ptcog160, urn:nbn:de:0183-09ptcog1600

Published: September 24, 2009

© 2009 Pullia.
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More and more carbon ion accelerators for hadrontherapy are being built worldwide, but only one carbon ion gantry exists. The main reason is that, because of the high rigidity, the size, the weight and the power consumption are very large for a "normal" design.

A few ideas on how the design could be made "better" have been proposed in literature and in the next years there will be additional studies on the subject.

In this talk some of these ideas are collected and illustrated.