AIIMS Bhubaneswar has installed latest radiotherapy equipment like HELA (High Energy Linear Accelerator) in its hospital for treatment of cancer patients. It will start functioning from February 2.
AIIMS sources said the machine along with the state-of-the-art radiotherapy technology in the institute will be the first of its kind in Odisha. It is capable of conducting radiotherapy treatments of all type of cancers, said Dilip Kumar Parida, head of the department of Radiation Oncology, AIIMS Bhubaneswar.
He said these machines can treat cancers in inaccessible areas of human body where surgery is not possible. “These facilities will be available in a very nominal rate to the people of the state, who are going outside for cancer treatment,” he added.
Besides, Brachytherapy machine, CT Simulator machines and Gamma camera facility will be available in the hospital for cancer treatment. HELA, Brachytherapy machine and CT Simulator are installed at the Radiation Oncology department by spending Rs 30 crore. Gamma camera facility is installed in Nuclear Medicine department of the institute.
Parida said they first use CT Simulator to take picture of the tumor with cancer cells. They outline the tumor and then plan for the radiotherapy.
“We use the HELA machine and use radiation therapy to burn the cancer cells or tumor inside the body part. If it is in a very sensitive part of the body, we use brachytherapy for burning the tumor in vulnerable parts like esophagus or lungs,” he added.
Gamma camera can also detect spread of cancer cells. “At AIIMS, we got the higher version of Gamma Camera that is SPECT-CT, which gives added advantage of more accuracy in Gamma Camera investigations. The cost for all the investigations is 10-20 times cheaper than private sector,” said Kanhaiyalal Agrawal, in-charge of Nuclear Medicine department, AIIMS Bhubaneswar.
Courtesy: The Times of India