Author: Egerton, A.J.
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THPMP039 How Robust Are Existing Medical Linacs in Challenging Environments? A Study of Down Time and Failure Causes. 3530
  • S.L. Sheehy, L. Wroe
    JAI, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • A.J. Egerton
    Egerton Consulting Ltd, Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
  • A. Steinberg
    Oxford University, Physics Department, Oxford, Oxon, United Kingdom
  There is a severe lack of radiotherapy linear accelerators (LINACs) in Low- and Middle-Income countries (LMICs), limiting capacity for cancer care in these regions. Anecdotally, operating high tech accelerators in environments with power fluctuations, harsh climatic conditions and geographic isolation leads to large failure rates and downtime. To guide future developments, this study presents a data-driven approach to collect statistical data on LINAC downtime and failure modes, comparing to a simple availability model.  
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About • paper received ※ 15 May 2019       paper accepted ※ 22 May 2019       issue date ※ 21 June 2019  
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