Cyclotron logistics: 8,000-mile journey from Belgium to Knoxville

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After a four-week transoceanic voyage, a 220-ton cyclotron that will be used for cancer treatment had completed its 8,000-mile trek from Belgium to East Tennessee on Dec. 25. The cyclotron, which weighs as much as the Statue of Liberty, is a key piece of equipment used in proton therapy, which will be offered at its home in a dedicated center currently under construction in West Knoxville and affiliated with Provision Health Alliance. The arrival of the cyclotron marked a milestone for the $119 million project, which is expected to begin treating prostate cancer patients in 2014. It’s taken nearly a year of logistical planning to ensure it gets safely to its final destination in Dowell Springs.

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