Overview of the LIGHT System

Key Guiding Design Principles

The heart of the LIGHT system is its accelerator which has been designed as a series of modular units. Our ambition, as we develop the next generation of particle therapy systems, is threefold:

  • Overcome the costly infrastructure and extensive shielding requirements of first-generation cyclotrons

Thanks to its modular design, its lighter weight and its better proton efficiency, the LIGHT system has been designed to reduce the construction cost of the facility required to house it and makes proton therapy more accessible to local, smaller hospitals.

  •  Offer increased precision

The linear design of LIGHT allows for (i) an active longitudinal modulation along the beam axis and (ii) the electronic variation of the beam during treatment. The modular feature of LIGHT offers hospitals and treatment centres the flexibility to customise treatment plans based on a wide range of energies. Potentially, this could provide an alternative to passive modulation, that degrades the beam along its path, causing it to lose integrity. Moreover, a dynamic transversal modulation allows a precise 3D treatment of the tumours via the 'spot scanning' technique. 

Professor Ugo Amaldi speaks on the advantages of the novel LIGHT accelerator.

  • Strive for user-friendliness

Linear proton beam accelerators are similar in use to the conventional x-ray linear accelerators currently used for cancer treatment. This similarity offers doctors and medical technicians a familiar approach to using LIGHT. Associated with straightforward design principles, LIGHT is designed to allow for accessible maintenance during the short shut-down periods of the system.

You can read more about the LIGHT System in our Brochure.

The presentation of the AVO's LIGHT Proton Therapy Solution is part of our Development roadmap and is subject to conformity assessment(s) by AVO's Notified Body as well as 510(k) clearance by the USA-FDA.