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TY - CONF AU - Sheehy, S.L. AU - Egerton, A.J. AU - Steinberg, A. AU - Wroe, L. ED - Boland, Mark ED - Tanaka, Hitoshi ED - Button, David ED - Dowd, Rohan ED - Schaa, Volker RW ED - Tan, Eugene TI - How Robust Are Existing Medical Linacs in Challenging Environments? A Study of Down Time and Failure Causes. J2 - Proc. of IPAC2019, Melbourne, Australia, 19-24 May 2019 CY - Melbourne, Australia T2 - International Particle Accelerator Conference T3 - 10 LA - english AB - There is a severe lack of radiotherapy linear accelerators (LINACs) in Low- and Middle-Income countries (LMICs), limiting capacity for cancer care in these regions. Anecdotally, operating high tech accelerators in environments with power fluctuations, harsh climatic conditions and geographic isolation leads to large failure rates and downtime. To guide future developments, this study presents a data-driven approach to collect statistical data on LINAC downtime and failure modes, comparing to a simple availability model. PB - JACoW Publishing CP - Geneva, Switzerland SP - 3530 EP - 3532 KW - linac KW - controls KW - electron KW - vacuum KW - gun DA - 2019/06 PY - 2019 SN - 978-3-95450-208-0 DO - DOI: 10.18429/JACoW-IPAC2019-THPMP039 UR - http://jacow.org/ipac2019/papers/thpmp039.pdf ER -