Me and the Linear Accelerator

IMG_3961.jpegEvery morning I have a date with this machine – the linear accelerator (varian triology). You probably don’t know what this is – I didn’t until just a week or so ago. (Be thankful you don’t.)

But I’m impressed.

I go into a room and already a mold is placed on the table – a mold that exactly fits my body. Across the room is a coat rack which holds the molds of other people (actually kind of creepy).

But the machine itself – wow! The machine is huge with at least four arms that swivel around me according to the direction of the nurse/technician. State-of-the art – a machine that couldn’t do what it does even a couple years ago. Then, x-rays had to be developed in another room. If they didn’t work, they had to start all over. Now even more advancements are being made. If someone’s bladder or stomach is full – the machine will be able to adjust and take that into consideration.

I have read that the machines cost up to 1.5 million dollars and there are just 30,000 of them in the world.. I believe it.

The linear accelerator takes it’s own x-rays that go deep into the desired area and develops them on the spot. The machine swivels again and I move around some as the accelerator finds my perfect position.

Again, it swivels and does … I’m not sure what.

Finally it is ready. The room darkens except for the red light on the wall and the laser beam exactly hits the cancer cells – and does some radiating zaps. The machine swivels again and I am through.

I am not writing this to explain what I am going through each morning, but because I have been so mind-boggled as I’ve talked to the doctors and nurses about the machine. I can’t imagine the brains of the people who figured this out. (Henry Kaplan was the first and he did the first radiation technique on a little boy with an eye tumor – it worked.)

And I think about what an awesome God we have that created people who could develop something so intricate, so complicated, so valuable.

God gave us all minds. I cannot even begin to figure out how to design a linear accelerator – I could not even develop the basic swivel.

But that’s ok. God created my own brain (which seems to have something to do with thinking up ideas for teaching kids :))

Both talents valuable. Both gifts from God. Be thankful for the talents God has given you.

For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)


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