Author: Cybulski, T.
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MOPF29 A Non-Invasive Beam Monitor for Hadron Therapy Beams 283
  • T. Cybulski, C.P. Welsch
    The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • T. Cybulski, C.P. Welsch
    Cockcroft Institute, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • A. Kacperek, B. Marsland, I. Taylor, A. Wray
    The Douglas Cyclotron, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral, United Kingdom
  Funding: Work supported by the EU under contract PITN-GA-2008-215080 and the STFC Cockcroft Institute Core Grant No. ST/G008248/1
Hadron therapy allows for precise dose delivery to the tumour volume only and hence decreases the dose delivered to the nearby organs and healthy tissue. Ideally, the beam would be monitored whilst being delivered to the patient. A novel, real–time and non-interceptive beam monitor for hadron therapy beams has been developed in the QUASAR Group. It is based on the LHCb VErtex LOcator (VELO) detector and couples to the treatment beam’s transverse halo to determine the intensity, position and ultimately the dose of the treatment beam. This contribution presents the design of a stand-alone version of the VELO detector which was developed for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (CCC) treatment line. The mechanical and electronic design of the monitor and its data acquisition system are shown, with a focus on the detector positioning and cooling system. Monte Carlo simulations into expected signal distributions are compared against first measurements with the 60 MeV proton beam at CCC.