Oct 15 – 20, 2017
Europe/Paris timezone

Maintenance Method for Stable Operation of a Superconducting Rotating-Gantry

Oct 18, 2017, 4:00 PM
1h 30m


Poster Maintenance for High Reliability 11- Poster Session


Mr Yasufumi Uchida (Accelerator Engineering Corporation)


At National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), carbon-ion radiotherapy has been carried out since June 1994. Recently, the world's first superconducting rotating-gantry was developed, and further installed in the new treatment facility at NIRS. This gantry equips ten superconducting magnets, and can transport carbon ions to an isocenter over irradiation angles of between ±180 degrees. For cooling of the superconducting coil in the magnet, cryocoolers are employed; each magnet has three or four cold heads of cryocoolers, and totally 34 cryocoolers were employed for the ten magnets. The cryocoolers have to be continuously operated, however periodical maintenance of cold heads and compressors is required for every 10,000 and 30,000 hours, respectively. In the spring of 2017, we carried out the first maintenance of all the cold heads, while conducting the beam commissioning of the gantry before treatment operation starts. Having replaced and maintained all the cold heads, the superconducting gantry is now in clinical use since May 2017. In this presentation, we will introduce the maintenance method for stable operation of the cryogenic system for the superconducting gantry.

Primary author

Mr Yasufumi Uchida (Accelerator Engineering Corporation)


Mr Masashi Katsumata (Accelerator Engineering Corporation) Mr Yoshiyuki Iwata (National Institute of Radiological Sciences) Mr Takeo Nakajima (Accelerator Engineering Corporation) Mr Hiroyuki Harada (Accelerator Engineering Corporation)

Presentation materials