Journal Article Recent progress of a superconducting rotating-gantry for carbon-ion radiotherapy

岩田, 佳之  ,  Fujimoto, T.  ,  松葉, 俊哉  ,  藤田, 敬  ,  佐藤, 眞二  ,  古川, 卓司  ,  原, 洋介  ,  水島, 康太  ,  皿谷, 有一  ,  丹正, 亮平  ,  早乙女, 直也  ,  白井, 敏之  ,  野田, 耕司

A superconducting rotating-gantry for carbon-ion radiotherapy was developed. This isocentric rotating gantry can transport carbon ions having the maximum kinetic energy of E = 430 MeV/u to an isocenter with irradiation angles of over ±180°, and is further capable of performing three-dimensional raster-scanning irradiation. By using combined-function superconducting magnets, we could design a compact rotating gantry for carbon-ion radiotherapy. Construction of the gantry structure began since early 2014, and the installation of the entire gantry system to the Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Chiba (HIMAC) complex was completed by the end of September, 2015. Beam tuning subsequently began since October, 2015, and carbon ions, as accelerated by the HIMAC upper synchrotron, having kinetic energies of between E = 430–48 MeV/u were successfully transported with the rotating gantry to the isocenter. The size and shape of the beam spots at the isocenter is being tuned over various combinations of the beam energies and the gantry angle. We will present the recent progress as well as the current status of the superconducting rotating-gantry.

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