Pencil beam characteristics of the next-generation proton scanning gantry of PSI: design issues and initial commissioning results
Center for Proton Therapy, Paul Scherrer Institute, CH 5232, Villigen-PSI, Switzerland
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Accepted: 1 July 2011
Published online: 25 July 2011
In this paper we report on the main design features, on the realization process and on selected first results of the initial commissioning of the new Gantry 2 of PSI for the delivery of proton therapy with new advanced pencil beam scanning techniques. We present briefly the characteristics of the new gantry system with main emphasis on the beam optics, on the characterization of the pencil beam used for scanning and on the performance of the scanning system. The idea is to give an overview of the major components of the whole system. The main long-term technical goal of the new equipment of Gantry 2 is to expand the use of pencil beam scanning to the whole spectrum of clinical indications including moving targets. We report here on the initial experience and problems encountered in the development of the system with selected preliminary results of the ongoing commissioning of Gantry 2.
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