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The installation of the UK’s first MR Linac has made significant progress at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) this summer. Sections of the machine, including a four-tonne magnet, have been carefully lowered through the skylight of the purpose-built bunker at Sutton.


MR Linac drone footage 

The system will be tested before being used non-clinically later this year. The MR Linac is owned and developed by The Royal Marsden and the ICR thanks to a £10 million grant from the Medical Research Council. We are among a select group of international centres that have this pioneering technology, in collaboration with manufacturer Elekta. 


Timelapse of MR Linac installation

The MR Linac combines an MR scanner and linear accelerator to precisely locate tumours, tailor the shape of X-ray beams in real time and accurately deliver radiation to moving tumours. The locations of tumours and organs within the body change from day to day. Constant monitoring of the patient during treatment will enable highly precise targeting of the tumour and avoid harming healthy tissue

The MR Linac combines an MR scanner and linear accelerator to precisely locate tumours, tailor the shape of X-ray beams in real time and accurately deliver radiation to moving tumours