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Multi-mode operation of a standing wave linear accelerator

Multi-mode operation of a standing wave linear accelerator

Official Gazette of the United States Patent & Trademark Office Patents 1265(2), Dec 10

The invention provides a scheme in accordance with which a linear accelerator may be operated in two or more resonance (or standing wave) modes to produce charged particle beams over a wide range of output energies so that diagnostic imaging and therapeutic treatment may be performed on a patient using the same device. In this way, the patient may be diagnosed and treated, and the results of the treatment may be verified and documented, without moving the patient. This feature reduces alignment problems that otherwise might arise from movement of the patient between diagnostic and therapeutic exposure machines. In addition, this feature reduces the overall treatment time, thereby reducing patient discomfort.

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