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Construction Team Picked for Florida Hospital Expansion

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has named the construction manager and architect for a three-phase expansion project at the Florida treatment center.

The $39m expansion and upgrade program is being managed by the University of Florida Planning, Design & Construction Division.

The construction manager selected for the 10,000-square-foot expansion is Gilbane Building Company. The company’s Jacksonville office will oversee the project. The architectural firm chosen to design the expansion is Walker Architects, based in Gainesville, Florida.

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has also signed an agreement with Ion Beam Applications to install the proton therapy equipment manufacturer’s compact Proteus One system. The single-room treatment system is the centerpiece of the multiphase project.

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses protons rather than traditional X-rays. It targets tumors and cancer cells more precisely. This means less damage to surrounding tissue which results in a lower risk of side effects and a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

The first phase of the project includes upgrades to the original system. Phase two will encompass the expansion design, construction and installation of the single-room proton therapy system. Phase three involves retrofitting one treatment gantry with a dedicated pencil beam scanning nozzle and adding cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to all three existing gantries. Pencil beam scanning is an advanced form of proton therapy delivery using a thin beam of protons. Pencil beam scanning uses back and forth strokes calibrated to the exact shape, size and depth of the treatment area.  It will offer clinical advantages for treating certain kinds of cancer.  CBCT is an imaging device used for accurate patient positioning.

 

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This article was published on 11 Apr 2016 (last updated on 11 Apr 2016).

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