The MR-linac is designed to improve targeting of tumour tissue while reducing exposure of normal tissue to radiation beams.
The MR-linac is designed to improve targeting of tumour tissue while reducing exposure of normal tissue to radiation beams.

Broadwater Mouldings Ltd has developed a range of fiber reinforced plastic parts for a radiotherapy systems designed to improve targeting of tumour tissue.

Human care company Elektra asked Broadwater to mold the parts needed for the world’s first high-field high energy magnetic resonance image guided linear accelerator (MR-linac) platform.

The MR-linac is designed to improve targeting of tumour tissue while reducing exposure of normal tissue to radiation beams. It will allow physicians to precisely locate a tumour, as well as lock onto it during delivery, even when tumour tissue is moving during treatment or changes shape, location or size between treatment sessions.

‘Broadwater Mouldings is proud to be associated with the new MR-linac platform and will continue to work with Elekta, to ensure the pioneering research enhances the field of cancer care,’ said Carl Reddington, project engineering manager for Broadwater Mouldings. ‘In early 2014 Broadwater produced ‘safety covers’ for the machine testing of the MR-Linac. Since then we have been involved in the design and development of covers which can be supplied directly to a hospital or clinic. Broadwater have helped Elekta design a covers set which can be manufactured cost effectively providing a variety of semi-gloss and high gloss components.’

This story is reprinted from material from Broadwater, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.