The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has broken ground on a Radiation Oncology Center building.
Part of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the expanded Radiation Oncology Center will house a Proton Center – the first in Arkansas. This center will provide radiation treatments and will feature three new linear accelerators.
The new Radiation Oncology Center will be located in a three-story, 52,249-square-foot building between Pine and Cedar streets in Little Rock.
The proton center will provide patients with the option of proton therapy, which concentrates high-energy beams on tumors without impacting nearby tissue.
“UAMS is excited to be able to offer this advanced technology to patients in Arkansas so that they will no longer have to leave the state for this highly effective treatment,” UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA said in a statement. “This is part of our continued commitment to improving the health and well-being of Arkansans.”
On the new building’s first floor, there will be a consultation room, treatment rooms, clinical rooms, an examination area, physician offices and a computerized tomography room. The second floor will house the proton center, as well as a high-dose radiation room, gowning rooms, recovery rooms, exam rooms, and an anesthesia room.
The third floor will have a cooling room for the proton machine. This floor will also have mechanical and storage areas.
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