Ceylinco Healthcare acquires advanced Clinac linear accelerator
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