CI work on radiotherapy linacs for low-income countries featured in the CERN Courier

Two Cockcroft Institute experts have published an article in the February issue of CERN Courier on the use of linacs to level up the access to radiotherapy in low income countries.

The authors Deepa Angal-Kalinin (Head of the Science Division in ASTeC) and Graeme Burt (Professor at the Engineering department of Lancaster University) lead an STFC funded a project called ITAR (Innovative Technologies towards building Affordable and equitable global Radiotherapy capacity). The project follows a technology initiative launched at CERN to address the lack of radiotherapy in low- and middle-income countries.

The ITAR linac cavity geometry showing the electric field contour map, with the short first and second cells, and strong coupling to the first cell to increase electron capture. Credit: D Angal-Kalinin/G Burt/M Dosanjh

The article looks at the current spread of radiotherapy facilities across Africa, the technologies proposed to improve vital access to cancer care, as well the existing challenges to implement these solutions.

CERN Courier is a monthly magazine covering current developments in high-energy physics and related fields worldwide. It is distributed to member-state governments, institutes and laboratories affiliated with CERN, with an estimated readership of more than 100,000 people around the world.