Ceylinco Health­care ac­quires ad­vanced Clinac lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - HEALTHCARE -

Ceylinco Health­care Ser­vices Lim­ited (CHSL) has an­nounced the ac­qui­si­tion of a new lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor for its ra­di­a­tion treat­ment cen­tre in Colombo, the pi­o­neer pri­vate sec­tor fa­cil­ity of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The com­pany has signed a pur­chase agree­ment with Var­ian Med­i­cal Sys­tems, a global leader in ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy, for the ac­qui­si­tion of the lat­est Clinac ix lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor to re­place its ex­ist­ing unit, which when com­mis­sioned in 2007, was the first lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor in the coun­try.

The new lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in pre­ci­sion and re­duced treat­ment times, en­abling the Ceylinco Ra­di­a­tion Treat­ment Cen­tre to ef­fi­ciently de­liver widerang­ing ra­di­a­tion ther­apy treat­ments in­clud­ing 3D Con­for­mal Ra­dio­ther­apy, In­ten­sity Mo­du­lated Ra­dio­ther­apy (IMRT) and Mv-based Im­age Guided Ra­dio­ther­apy (IGRT) and with the fu­ture ca­pa­bil­ity of Robotic Imageguided Ra­dio­ther­apy (IGRT), Rap­i­darc Vol­u­met­ric Mo­du­lated Arc Ther­apy (VMAT), and stereo­tac­tic ra­dio­surgery.

The Cli­nacix lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor of­fers the choice of mul­ti­ple pho­ton beams and a range of elec­tron beams and also the fu­ture ca­pa­bil­ity of High­in­ten­sity Mode fa­cil­i­tat­ing pa­tients to be treated faster with its abil­ity to de­liver high dose rates (up to 2,400 Mu/min at 10MV High-in­ten­sity mode), main­tains bet­ter con­trol over pa­tient po­si­tion with ex­act and real-time mo­tion track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and keeps the treat­ment process con­nected through in­te­gra­tion with treat­ment plan­ning and man­age­ment soft­ware.

Im­por­tant as­pects for pa­tients are the shorter beam times they will be sub­jected to, bet­ter tar­get­ing of tu­mours and by ex­ten­sion, the spar­ing of healthy tis­sue and in some cases, the pos­si­bil­ity of a re­duced num­ber of treat­ments.

The Cli­nacix lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor fea­tures Rap­i­darc ra­dio­ther­apy tech­nol­ogy that of­fers the flex­i­bil­ity to shape the beam while con­trol­ling the dose rate and the gantry speed for a highly con­formed dose; this means that the beam more ac­cu­rately tar­gets the shape and size of the tu­mour, while re­duc­ing dam­age to sur­round­ing healthy tis­sues.

High-in­ten­sity Mode de­liv­ers X-ray beams with­out the use of a flat­ten­ing fil­ter, re­sult­ing in high dose rates that are prac­ti­cal for ra­dio­surgery, res­pi­ra­tory-gated or breath-hold treat­ments.

With more than 7,400 lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tors in­stalled around the world, of which nearly 200 are op­er­at­ing in In­dia, Var­ian Med­i­cal Sys­tems has ex­ten­sive global and re­gional ex­pe­ri­ence in ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy. The Var­ian Clinac lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor houses a range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties that not only stream­line the treat­ment process but also ex­pand pos­si­bil­i­ties for clin­ics.

In Sri Lanka, Var­ian Med­i­cal Sys­tems is rep­re­sented by Tech­nomedics In­ter­na­tional (Pvt.) Ltd.

Ceylinco Health­care Ser­vices Lim­ited Chair­man R. Ren­ganathan (fifth from right) and Var­ian Med­i­cal Sys­tems Se­nior Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent Ashok Kakkar ex­change the pur­chase agree­ment in the pres­ence of se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two com­pa­nies

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