News | 12 February 2018

Successful installation of cyclotron in proton therapy centre

On Saturday 10 February, the heart of the proton therapy centre - the cyclotron or particle accelerator - was lifted with military precision into the radiation bunker of the South-East Netherlands Proton Therapy Centre (ZON-PTC). A spectacle many people came to witness from a safe distance. The highlight of the manoeuvre was the world's largest mobile crane, which was needed to lift the 40-ton cyclotron into place. Before the installation was started, some of the staff involved symbolically signed the cyclotron, including Marja van Dieijen-Visser (chair of the Board of Directors) and Gabriël Zwart (member of the Board of Directors). The proton therapy centre is expected to be operational at the end of the year.

The cyclotron up in the airThe cyclotron up in the airThe old radiation bunker of radiotherapy centre MAASTRO CLINIC had to be pulled down before the new, larger bunker could be built. Construction started in April 2017 and was completed last December. As the new radiation bunker is wedged between the tall buildings of MAASTRO CLINIC and Maastricht UMC+, the world's largest mobile crane was used to lift the cyclotron into place. The heavy crane with a 100-meter boom and 1200-ton lifting capacity lifted the cyclotron between the buildings of Maastricht UMC+ and the Dr Tans building, in which the Maastricht UMC+ Oncology Centre and MAASTRO CLINIC are housed.

Marja van Dieijen-Visser (Maastricht UMC+ CEO) signs the cyclotron