It’s fair to ask why proton therapy is not used everywhere, why it is so limited in availability.
Until 1990 proton therapy was limited to physics research labs. And like most new technologies, building a proton center can be an expensive endeavor for universities and academic medical centers.
Willis-Knighton Cancer Center has contracted with IBA, a medical equipment manufacturer that has miniaturized the machine. This technology, Proteus ONE, allows a decrease in the cost, size of machine and size of building required. The proton therapy center at Willis-Knighton will be the first of its kind in the world with this equipment.