New brachytherapy unit arrives | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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Monday 22 August. The long-awaited Elekta Flexitron Brachytherapy Afterloader Unit has finally arrived in Radiation Oncology and is now being installed. Lifehouse was able to purchase this machine through the fantastic efforts of our Fundraising team. Our philanthropic community was greatly supportive and donations included a generous contribution from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a major grant from Perpetual Trustees and a very generous contribution from supporters of Paul Lahood’s gala dinner. Thank you all!

The new Flexitron high Dose Rate Brachytherapy Afterloader has flown to Australia from Europe, with shock absorbers placed inside the machine to protect the delicate electronics from any impact. During installation the engineer will take off the covers to remove the shock absorbers and make sure everything inside the machine is in perfect condition.

new flexitron btherapy machine striped back

The Medical Physics brachytherapy commissioning team, led by Joel Poder, has developed a thorough acceptance testing and commissioning plan including a range of hardware, software and radiation safety checks, as well as updating procedures, protocols and training.

With the assistance of two experienced Elekta engineers, Paul and Victor, the new unit will be tested to ensure it is in perfect working order and safe to use. Thinking ahead our own Facilities team, Phill and Ian, have already got a jump start on the process by ensuring the cabling and power was ready to go. The installation and finalisation process is expected to take two weeks.

The old MicroSelectron high Dose Rate Brachytherapy Afterloader will have its radiation source removed and be sent away for correct disposal.

old microselectron btherapy machine

With the assistance of two experienced Elekta engineers, Paul and Victor, the new unit will be tested to ensure it is in perfect working order and safe to use. Thinking ahead our own Facilities team, Phill and Ian, have already got a jump start on the process by ensuring the cabling and power is ready to go. The installation and finalisation process is expected to take two weeks.

On Tuesday 6 September it will be all systems go as we expect to treat the first patients with this technologically advanced piece of equipment, but, for the moment, stay tuned for regular updates on installation and commissioning.

New Flexitron btherapy afterloader machine
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