Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at Austin Health: MRI-Linac and MRI-Simulator

Improving patient outcomes through cutting-edge technology

Location: Wurundjeri Country, 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg VIC 3084
Status: Complete

ClarkeHopkinsClarke worked in close collaboration with Austin Health to design and deliver an incredibly complex project within Austin Hospital, positioning them as the state-wide provider for this type of advanced radiation therapy.

The MRI-Linac machine included a 5-tonne magnet and 3.43-meter-wide gantry, which needed to be lifted in by a 100-tonne crane and accommodated in a below-ground location within a fully operational hospital.

The ONJ Centre is one of only nine locations worldwide to secure a new MRI-Linac machine for its patients. This cutting-edge technology provides more accurate radiation therapy for patients. According to Austin Health Divisional Director Cancer and Neuroscience, Cherie Cheshire, it has the potential to both reduce side effects of treatment and improve cancer treatment outcomes.

A second machine, the MR-Simulator, assists with planning patient treatment and take MRIs of tumours which are sent directly to the MRI-Linac radiation therapy machine.

We've invested in technology that will create a comfortable and calming experience when patients are having their MRIs, including mood lighting, and images projected onto the walls and engaging visuals which the patient can watch when in the machine.
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