CHSL’S Jayantha Gu­naratne re­ceives train­ing in Switzer­land

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - HEALTHCARE -

Ceylinco Health­care Ser­vices Lim­ited (CHSL) re­cently sent Jayantha Gu­naratne, a med­i­cal physi­cist at its Ra­di­a­tion Treat­ment Cen­tre, for a train­ing pro­gramme in Switzer­land, ar­ranged by Var­ian Med­i­cal Sys­tems In­ter­na­tional AG, a global leader in Ra­di­a­tion On­col­ogy.

Gu­naratne’s train­ing fol­lows the com­mis­sion­ing in De­cem­ber last year of a new hi-pre­ci­sion Clinac ix lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor to treat cancer pa­tients at CHSL’S the Ra­di­a­tion Treat­ment Cen­tre. The new lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor was sup­plied by Var­ian Med­i­cal Sys­tems.

Ti­tled ‘Var­ian Ad­vanced Tech­niques Physics IMRT/ Rap­i­darc,’ the train­ing pro­gramme was con­ducted over four days and in­cluded class­room lec­tures and on-site train­ing at the Mu­nic­i­pal Hospi­tal Triemli, Switzer­land. The course was de­signed to pro­vide train­ing for med­i­cal physicists re­spon­si­ble for the ini­tial sys­tem com­mis­sion­ing and con­fig­u­ra­tion of Var­ian’s In­ten­sity Mod­u­lated Ra­dio­ther­apy (IMRT) tech­niques.

The aim of this course was to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of the treat­ment tech­nique process, qual­ity as­sur­ance tasks and treat­ment plan­ning strate­gies, so that at­ten­dees will be able to im­ple­ment Imrt/rap­i­darc and Por­tal Dosime­try in their clin­i­cal rou­tines, the com­pany said.

“We have in­vested in sta­teof-the-art equip­ment for ra­di­a­tion ther­apy to en­able Sri Lankans to re­ceive the most ad­vanced treat­ments avail­able, in their own coun­try,” CHSL Chair­man R. Ren­ganathan said. “As the pri­vate sec­tor’s cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in ra­di­a­tion treat­ment, we also re­quire our physicists and tech­ni­cians to un­dergo world class train­ing that can en­able them to max­imise the ben­e­fits of the equip­ment.” Jayantha Gu­naratne has been a med­i­cal physi­cist at CHSL for the past 11 years. He pre­vi­ously worked as a Sci­en­tific Of­fi­cer at the Atomic En­ergy Au­thor­ity of Sri Lanka, for a decade. Gu­naratne holds a B.SC. (Spe­cial) De­gree in Physics from the Univer­sity of Per­adeniya, and a M.SC. in Med­i­cal Physics from the Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Sci­ence, Univer­sity of Per­adeniya. He also holds a Post Grad­u­ate Diploma in Ra­di­a­tion Pro­tec­tion from the Na­tional Univer­sity of Malaysia.

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 ix lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor houses a range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties that not only stream­line the treat­ment process, but also ex­pand pos­si­bil­i­ties for clin­ics.

The treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties of­fered by the com­pany are es­ti­mated to gen­er­ate a sav­ing of US$500,000 in for­eign ex­change per year. Be­sides its two ra­di­a­tion treat­ment units - the Ceylinco Ra­di­a­tion Treat­ment Cen­tre and the Ceylinco To­mother­apy Cen­tre, Ceylinco Health­care Ser­vices owns and op­er­ates the Ceylinco Di­a­betes Cen­tre, of­fer­ing com­pre­hen­sive screen­ing, di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and med­i­cal care.

Jayantha Gu­naratne (Back row, 2nd from right) with par­tic­i­pants of the train­ing pro­gramme in Switzer­land

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