American Machinist

Software helps fight cancer. (Casebooks).

Tissue compensators are small, precisely machined blocks of brass or aluminum that sit in between cancer patients and the radiation machines used to treat them. Varying the thickness of these compensators gives doctors exact control over the amount of radiation that gets through. Southeast Radiation Products (SRP) in Central Florida machines such compensators and has recently broken new ground by developing a way to more efficiently produce them.

Working with its local Surfcam distributor, CAMed Technologies, SRP developed an application-programming-interface (API) extension that transfers a matrix of polar coordinates generated by a hospital or treatment center into the Surfcam environment. …

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