Linear accelerator inaugurated

Guwahati, April 17: Chairman of Narayana Health Dr Devi Shetty, and CMD of  Biocon Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw  inaugurated a state-of-the-art linear accelerator at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah making it the first of such technology available in the 13 states of Eastern and North-Eastern India. Developed by Swedish company Elekta, ‘Versa HD’ as it is known as, has the versatility to deliver conventional radiotherapy and a variety of indications and treatment techniques. It is designed for the most challenging stereotactic treatments, enabling ultimate clinical flexibility and operational efficiency for reduced treatment times and increased patient volumes. The hospital has now opened this facility to the people of India and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan with affordable tariffs that would be one of the lowest in the region.
Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) uses ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells and is normally delivered by a linear accelerator. Radiotherapy is one of the pillars of cancer management and may involve either external beam treatment or brachytherapy, a technique where a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment, stated a press release.