The hospital will participate in clinical trials and research. The MEVION S250 superconducting synchrocyclotron proton accelerator is expected to be delivered in April 2013, will be open for patients in 2014.
It will be Central Florida’s first proton therapy center; there are only 10 of the machines in use in the U.S.
“We’re joining a very elite group of centers,” said Dr. Mark Roh, president of MD Anderson Orlando.
Previously, proton accelerators were housed in facilities the size of a football field and cost upwards of $100 million to build an maintain, said Dr. Daniel Buchholz, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology. The new, smaller technology, “allows us to bring proton therapy to Central Florida.”
Source: Orlando Business Journal