AMS to establish California proton beam radiation therapy facility
American Shared Hospital Services (AMS), a provider of technology solutions for radiosurgical and radiation therapy services, is developing a proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) facility in the San Francisco Bay area.

The San Francisco-based AMS said it has entered into a non-binding agreement with the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Varian Medical Systems, under which Varian will supply proton therapy equipment for the planned three-room treatment facility. AMS currently is evaluating several potential sites, and is forming a consortium of hospital partners for what should be the first PBRT center in Northern California.

AMS previously has signed contracts to place PBRT devices at Tufts Medical Center in Boston; Orlando Regional Healthcare (with professional services to be provided exclusively by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando) in Orlando, Fla.; and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (in partnership with A.M. Nisar Syed & Associates, a radiation oncology group) in Long Beach, Calif.