The multi-leaf collimator MLC for radiation therapy has leaves where the positions of the leaves are determined by measuring a magnetic field. This allows determining the leaf position with enhanced precision, and is at the same time robust to perturbations or disturbances. The magnetic sensor may comprise a magnetic encoder that varies in a predefined pattern along a lengthwise direction of the magnetic element, in particular according to a step function. The technology can be used for a new generation of especially compact and small MLC. The Hall effect sensor does not interfere with therapeutic beam and the contact-free measurements does not affected by friction or abrasive wear.
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