Technology and Infrastructure

The new unit will be located beside and connected to the existing Cancer Unit (Sperrin Suite) at Altnagelvin Hospital.  The building size will be approximately 10,000 sqm.  The facility will contain:

  • Three Varian TrueBeam Slim linear accelerators, all with 4D CBCT and advanced imaging capabilities and two with PerfectPitch six DOF robotic couches.
  • An additional treatment bunker to allow expansion and a site footprint to accommodate a total of six linear accelerators, if required in the future.
  • A CT simulator with advanced 4D and artefact reduction technology for radiotherapy treatment planning.
  • A CT scanner and MRI scanner to support cancer services, including radiotherapy treatment planning.
    Varian ARIA Oncology Management System to underpin a paperless working environment.
  • Varian Eclipse Treatment Planning System.
  • 13 inpatient beds for single and combination radiotherapy patients combined with the existing 14 oncology/haematology inpatient beds. 
  • An expansion to the existing chemotherapy facilities.


The Western Trust’s Therapy Radiographers, based at Altnagelvin Hospital’s new Radiotherapy Centre, received training on the software used to run the Varian Truebeam Linear Accelerators.  These multi-million pound machines demonstrate some of the latest technology currently available in the treatment of cancer.  Altnagelvin has three treatment machines,  which will deliver radiotherapy to approximately 1500 cancer patients per year from both North and South of the border.  The Therapy Radiographers spent the week familiarising themselves with the machines and its various their functions and capabilities.  They also gained a greater insight into the IT system which is used to support them.  View the video above to learn more.