Machine Shop

Machine Shop

The Machine Shop supports the Cross Cancer Institute's clinical, developmental, and research programs by providing an on-site facility that cost-effectively designs, manufactures, and repairs items that:

  • Help keep the Institute's equipment operating properly and efficiently
  • Help technical staff perform their jobs efficiently, effectively and safely
  • Assist the Institute's researchers and students in their research activities.

The Machine Shop has designed and manufactured numerous items used in the Institute. Among them are:

  • Patient positioning and comfort devices that may be used interchangeably in the CT, MRI, linear accelerators, and the Mould Room.
  • Equipment used for radiation detection, protection, and safety.
  • Various devices used by oncologists, medical physicists, research scientists, and graduate students for research and development.
Aqa-plast Headbase

Aqa-plast Headbase

PET Metabolite HPLC Detector Shielding

PET Metabolite HPLC Detector Shielding

Lung phantom

Lung (w/ tumour) phantom for PET and CT image fusion

The Medical Physics Machine Shop is well equipped. The most recent acquisition was a HAAS Mini Mill CNC machine and a HAAS CNC Lathe. This computer controlled equipment enables the machine shop staff to quickly manufacture items such as the block trays used on all the linear accelerators. Shop staff possess extensive knowledge and experience, and coupled with the variety of equipment, have helped turn many ideas into reality.

The Machine Shop has produced testing apparatus and phantoms, including devices for:

  • 3D conformal radiotherapy
  • MRI breast biopsy
  • Pencil beam phantom
  • Mercury Arc lamps
  • Chromatography chambers
  • De-ionization system
  • Quality assurance
  • Vacuum transfer apparatus

When procedures change, the Machine Shop is frequently called on to modify fixtures or equipment. Meeting the challenges associated with future changes and ideas is important for the Machine Shop.

The Machine Shop is staffed by:

  • One Chief Machinist,
  • Two Machinist Technician.

Machine Shop:
c/o Department of Medical Physics,
Cross Cancer Institute,
11560 University Avenue,
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2.

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