On August 10, 2017, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute (UFHPTI), Jacksonville, charted a course towards new proton therapy technology when construction crews began demolition. Now, in less than 30 months, UFHPTI has added a 13,000 square foot expansion built with more than 9 million pounds of concrete and over 350,000 pounds of rebar to house a 50-ton synchrocyclotron and 120-ton compact gantry.
The new PROTEUS®ONE system enables UFHPTI to more precisely treat cancer using a pinpoint proton beam no larger than the size of a pencil. The first treatment took place December 9.
The expansion will continue with Phase 3 by 2021, which will include an addition of a dedicated pencil beam scanning gantry. Once complete, UFHPTI will offer four types of proton therapy treatment, making it the only facility in the United States to do so.
For more information, visit the UFHPTI website.