BC Cancer - Victoria

Radiation therapy equipment

  • Six Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators with 6, 10, 10FFF, and 18 MV X-ray beams and electron beams from 4 to 20 MeV
  • One accelerator is dedicated to stereotactic radiosurgery with high resolution multi-leaf collimators and optical surface monitoring patient positional control
  • All accelerators are equipped with MV and kV imaging systems
  • Varian High Dose Rate brachytherapy unit (192Ir)
  • Superficial (100 kVp) unit

Imaging equipment

  • Two GE Multislice CT Simulators
  • One GE PET/CT Scanner
  • 3D Ultrasound

Computational equipment

  • A Varian Eclipse treatment planning and Aria information system provides an integrated, networked environment that is linked to the other cancer centres in the BC Cancer Agency
  • Stand-alone treatment planning systems are available for research purposes
  • Cluster of many networked computers running Linux that is devoted to Monte-Carlo radiation transport calculations
  • In-house 3D Brachytherapy dose calculation software

Additional notes

There is a full range of the usual medical physics equipment available at Vancouver Island Cancer Centre (VIC), including anatomical and water phantoms, film scanners, and an automatic TLD reader. The physics staff consists of 9 medical physicists, with support from an experienced team of physics assistants, and electronics and mechanical workshop staff.

University of Victoria

X-ray Cancer Imaging and Therapy Experimental Lab

  • 3 kW COMET MXR-160/22 x-ray tube
  • X-ray beam shutter capable of sub-second irradiations
  • Detectors:
    • Four Amptek silicon drift detectors
    • Four Amptek cadmium telluride detectors
    • One Varex flat-panel amorphous silicon detector
    • One Redlen cadmium zinc telluride high-flux photon counting detector
  • Computational equipment:
    • Two 64-core computer clusters
    • Compute Canada WestGrid cluster access

Additional facilities

The UVic Physics and Astronomy Department also offers a full suite of electronic and machining services.