The Christie Manchester
The main site at The Christie in Withington currently operates 11 linear accelerators, a superficial radiotherapy unit, a simulator, two CT simulators and a CT scanner.
The main development areas for radiotherapy include stereotactic radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy and image guided radiotherapy. The hospital will also be one of the two sites for the UK national proton beam therapy service opening in 2018.
The Radiotherapy Department operates two satellite centres at other centres in Greater Manchester, bringing the treatment closer to patients’ homes. The first satellite centre was opened in 2010 in Oldham and the second satellite centre in Salford opened in July 2011. Both centres have two state-of-the-art linear accelerators and a CT simulator.
The department developed their own radiotherapy research facility – the Wade centre which became fully operational in 2002. The Synergy kV cone-beam system (Elekta Oncology Systems) installed here was the first in the UK and one of four worldwide to take part in a research consortium (along with centres in Amsterdam, Canada and the USA). It was used clinically for the first time in July 2003 when the Wade became the first centre in the world to generate 3D on-treatment kV images of a patient.
The primary aims of the centre are to undertake technical radiotherapy research, implement new technologies, and provide staff with time, education and opportunities to develop new ideas. Changes are implemented based on research and evidence-based practice. These changes would then be translated into the mainstream service for the benefit of patients.
Using advanced imaging equipment available at limited sites worldwide, development work concentrates on optimising image guided radiotherapy, along with image quality and usability, versatility and suitability of the system, and maintaining and reducing additional doses to the patient.
Contact The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester M20 4BX
Phone +44 161 446 3000 (Main Line)