MEDICA.de: The basis for the proton therapy is a very complicated technology with a huge catalyst. Did this circumstance influence the concept of the center?
Kai Züger: Yes, since the proton therapy contains a high radiation protection request so that size and form of the building are predetermined by this technology. Thusly, there was no ample scope within the architecture. The whole building has a width of 55 meter and will include four treatment rooms.
The center is said to be a discrete, independent complex in which the whole treatment will take place. How will the building be subdivided?
Kai Züger: Everything is distributed on two levels. At the ground level there is a big entrance hall and a spacious waiting room. The treatment level is underground. Patients can only enter consulting rooms and rooms with CT’s and MRT’s. Image-guided machines are situated there because the patient gets precisely examined before the treatment. Thusly, the tumor can be localized.
What kind of units will be in the proton therapy center?
Kai Züger: On the one hand the core which is the catalyst. Furthermore, there will be three gantries and one fixed-beam room. In addition to the tumor localization one PET-CT, two CT’s and two MRT’s. We will unify the latest image-guided diagnostic in one center.
Do you envisage special interior equipment for the treatment rooms?
Kai Züger: The rooms will be furnished totally functional. The patient only sees the first part of the room anyway. He will not be able to see the huge equipment itself. Within the treatment room everything will be kept simple. The patient enters the room while lying on a trolley. A pre-produced bolus holds him in position. Thusly, he continuously looks at the ceiling.
Are there any special effects like light, color or air conditioning planned which makes the stay more comfortable for the patient?
Kai Züger: No. Since 90 per cent of our future patients will be treated ambulatory, the focus of the therapy center lies on functionality and ambulant treatment. The patient drops by for a brief treatment and then leaves again fast again.
How do you prepare for patient tourism?
Kai Züger: We do not know that yet. There will not be a separate patient hotel but since it will take two more years before the center is finished, there is still enough time to contract potential co-operations with hotels in the neighborhood. We cannot estimate yet how the rush is going to be like.