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Work on new linear accelerator vault begins

Published 12:20pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

Construction is underway at The UAB Medicine Cancer Center at RMC on a new linear accelerator vault, which director Mabry Cook says will further augment the quality of cancer treatment available here in Alexander City.
Robins and Morton, of Birmingham, has been handling the construction of the vault, which is specially designed to house the radioactive medical device.
“The concrete is 8 feet thick around the primary beam, and for the scatter area it is 4 feet thick,” said Mike McCaleb, director of facility services. “The roof is also 4 feet thick and 8 feet thick on the primary beam area. It is pretty impressive.”
Cook said they haven’t yet decided on the specific model for the new linear accelerator, but the plan is to have the new machine in place during the first quarter of 2014.
“The new linear accelerator will be state-of-the-art and is a continuation of our work to stay ahead of the technological curve,” Cook said, “This machine will be able to reduce treatment time and will have the advantage of on-board imaging as well.”
McCaleb said David Snyder, who has successfully overseen seven vault installations, is the project supervisor for the construction project.  Like the linear accelerator, the vault itself will also be an upgrade.
“Instead of a swinging door, the new vault will have a sliding door which will be an upgrade to what a patient experiences here when they come for treatment.”
All in all, the new building will be good for the patients here Cook said.
“You have to stay on the cutting edge in medicine,” Cook said. “We want to offer the latest and greatest tools for patient care.”