Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Cobalt-60 Therapy Machine
CSTMC/SMSTC – 1966.0043
Collection Storage Facility
This Theratron Junior (serial no. 15) radiotherapy device was used in Binghamton, New York, at Our Lady Lourdes Hospital from 1957 to 1968.
The Theratron Junior delivered cobalt-60 radiation, a radioactive isotope of cobalt, for the treatment of cancer. Cobalt beam therapy uses deeply penetrating gamma radiation from a cobalt-60 source contained in the heavily reinforced tungsten head. These gamma rays are directed at malignant tumour sites.
In 1951, Canada was the first country to develop cobalt-60 radiation treatment. This cobalt therapy machine was manufactured by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a world leader in developing and selling nuclear technology for medical purposes.