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Texas Center for Proton Therapy Fast Facts

Texas Center for Proton Therapy

  • Texas Center for Proton Therapy is dedicated to current and future cancer survivors and brings advanced, latest-generation proton therapy to North Texas.
  • The center brings proton therapy to the 6.5 million residents of Dallas-Fort Worth, the largest U.S. metropolitan area without a proton therapy center.
  • The center’s advanced technology includes pencil-beam scanning for intensity modulated proton therapy and cone beam CT imaging – designed to treat tumors with pinpoint precision.
  • The center has two isocentric gantry treatment rooms, each containing a machine that rotates to treat tumors with pinpoint accuracy, and a fixed beam treatment room.
  • It features some of the most advanced PET/CT and 3-Tesla MRI scanning and imaging technology.
  • An on-site lab provides comprehensive, timely, and convenient lab work.
  • The center is designed to promote patient and caregiver comfort and facilitate clinical efficiency.
  • A full range of patient support services and activities supports patients and families.
  • A community room features the HOPE Wall inscribed with words of encouragement and hosts weekly seminars, luncheons, and other activities.
  • Texas Center for Proton Therapy has the capacity to treat more than 100 patients per day.

The Cyclotron

  • Proton therapy is delivered through a cyclotron, a magnet-packed particle accelerator.
  • It weighs 220 tons, more than seven school busses.
  • The cyclotron is surrounded by walls up to 12 feet thick and by a ceiling up to 10 feet thick.
  • Proton particles accelerate through a 143-foot beamline – nearly half the length of a football field – as they travel from the cyclotron to the patient’s tumor with pinpoint accuracy.

Building the Facility

  • The 63,000-square-foot building is constructed with 14,500 cubic yards of concrete – enough concrete to build an eight-story parking garage or fill four and a half Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • If parked end-to-end, the 1,600 concrete trucks required to deliver the center’s concrete would stretch eight miles.
  • Approximately 21 miles of electrical conduit runs through the center.
  • The building is set on 287 concrete piers to ensure maximum stability for the cyclotron.

LEED Certification

  • Texas Center for Proton Therapy is the first stand-alone LEED-Certified proton therapy center in the U.S.
  • The facility diverts more than 75 percent of its waste from landfills and implemented a recycling program.
  • Twenty percent of materials are sourced from within 500 miles of the center.
  • Automatic light, faucet, and restroom features and highly efficient heating and air conditioning equipment reduces water use by 35 percent and energy use by 20 percent.
  • Installation of materials that emit less contaminants and using sustainable cleaning products improve air quality and reduce overall contaminants.

Texas Center for Proton Therapy is ready to help you fight cancer with one of the nation’s most advanced cancer-fighting technologies.

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