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Is Africa a 'Graveyard' for Linear Accelerators?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Clinical Oncology, ISSN 0936-6555, E-ISSN 1433-2981, Vol. 28, no 12, e179-E183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Linear accelerator downtimes are common and problematic in many African countries and may jeopardise the outcome of affected radiation treatments. The predicted increase in cancer incidence and prevalence on the African continent will require, inter alia, improved response with regard to a reduction in linear accelerator downtimes. Here we discuss the problems associated with the maintenance and repair of linear accelerators and propose alternative solutions relevant for local conditions in African countries. The paper is based on about four decades of experience in capacity building, installing, commissioning, calibrating, servicing and repairing linear accelerators in Africa, where about 40% of the low and middle income countries in the world are geographically located. Linear accelerators can successfully be operated, maintained and repaired in African countries provided proper maintenance and repair plans are put in place and executed.

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2016. Vol. 28, no 12, e179-E183 p.
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Africa, equipment maintenance and repair, linear accelerator, radiation therapy
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Cancer and Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140252DOI: 10.1016/j.clon.2016.08.010ISI: 000392646100002PubMedID: 27601157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140252DiVA: diva2:1082614
Available from: 2017-03-17 Created: 2017-03-17 Last updated: 2017-03-17Bibliographically approved

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