June 12, 2017: Ex ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair Inaugurated the Latest Cancer Radiation therapy technology – Linear acceleator machine (Linac) at MVRCCRI today.
Linear acceleator machine (Linac) which is the most modern radiation therapy treatment machine for cancer, will be installed at MVR Cancer Centre and Research Institute (MVRCCRI) in June 2017.
With the installation of Linac, the time taken for radiation treatment will be reduced from the current 8-15 minutes to 2 minutes. The Linac has been installed with an online monitoring system called dolphin dosimetry to ensure that the treatment received is perfect. This is the first time that a hospital in India is installing this facility.
Other treatment facilities available in the Linac include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS), Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), Total Skin Electron Therapy (TSET), and so on.
During the progress of radiation treatment, the Linac assesses the progress and makes sure that the treatment concentrates on the affected part in order to ensure that the other parts of the body are not affected making it extremely safe for patients.