Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Ground Breaking Technology Facilitates New Linear Accelerator Installations


Keene, NH- Aventura, FL – 9/17/2012 – The linear accelerator at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene has the highest utilization rate in the state of New Hampshire and provides treatment to many cancer patients close to home. Because of the critical importance of this technology and service in our region, a planned replacement to the new Varian TrueBeam™ linear accelerator will occur over the next few months. During the changeover, we will have a temporary facility and linear accelerator to treat our patients who would otherwise need to travel to Lebanon, Concord, Nashua, or beyond to receive scheduled services.

Advances in radiotherapy technology have centers like Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene looking to upgrade their linear accelerators. Bringing in the latest technology, however, can come with some unintended consequences. The RAD solution duplicates the Cancer Center’s processes in a compact and temporary package allowing patient treatments to continue while the new treatment system is installed.

“The planned replacement of this equipment is important to ensure uninterrupted care for the cancer center patients that rely on us for their radiation treatments.” shares Jennifer Michelson, RN, BS, Director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center Kingsbury Pavilion. “We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality care for our patients, close to home.”

“RAD has had success in deploying radiotherapy vault systems for over six years in the UK, Canada, Mexico and the USA” states company President John J. Lefkus III. “New patented technology now allows RAD to deploy comprehensive solutions for as little as 90 days. This second geration TRV provides an effective and speedy solution unmatched by any radiation shielding technology and D-H Keene with their patients will benefit from its use.”

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/D-HK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit

About RAD Technology Medical Systems LLC RAD provides revolutionary turnkey and relocatable radiation containment systems and cancer treatment facilities. RTMS designs and builds proprietary technology for temporary, permanent or bridge facilities. RTMS’s products are available for sale and lease.

For further information, please contact:

Dawn Thomas-Smith
Communications Manager
Development and Communications
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Cheryl Devine
RAD Technology Medical Systems