Chilton Cancer Center: Visuals in Healthcare

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Chilton Cancer Center: Visuals in Healthcare

Visual imagery plays an important role in health care, reducing stress and bringing peace of mind to those in need of medical care.  Chilton Hospital of New Jersey understands this, as well as the calming effect beautiful photography can have for cancer patients by helping them relax and reduce the perceived amount of time passed during treatment.  Duggal had the privilege of working with architect Mike Pomarico and the Chilton Cancer Center in augmenting their state-of-the-art IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy) suites with an illuminated ceiling fixture that produces ambient lighting, giving the effect for the patients of looking up through a forest canopy.

The 8′ x 12′ ceiling light box was designed adhering carefully to health care specifications and customized around the radiation treatment delivery system.  IMRT delivers precise doses of radiation to a cancerous tumor through the intersection of multiple beams on the tumor, killing cancer cells while sparing surrounding tissue.  The illuminated photographic display is designed around this medical technology, allowing specific beams to pass through the actual image to the patient.


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