CHSL upgrades TomoTherapy machine to TomoHD(tm)
As construction of its second radiation oncology facility in Colombo
nears completion, Ceylinco Healthcare Services (CHSL) has announced it
is upgrading the TomoTherapy machine it had ordered for the facility to
an even more advanced TomoHD(tm) unit.
The new TomoHD treatment system from Accuray Inc., of USA, bundles
technologies previously available only as options for the TomoTherapy
Hi-Art(r) system that had originally been ordered, as well as new core
technologies, the company said.
Consequently, the new machine -- the first of its kind in Sri Lanka
-- can provide significantly more accurate radiation therapy for even
the smallest tumors and reduce treatment times, Dr. Sarath Abeykoon,
Medical Director of the Ceylinco Healthcare Centre said.
TomoTherapy is an integrated, advanced form of image-guided radiation
therapy (IGRT). Because a patient's anatomy can change from day-to-day,
image-guided radiation therapy helps doctors make immediate adjustments
to allow for tumor movement or shrinkage, weight loss and more.
While conventional radiation therapy machines deliver a wide beam of
radiation from only a few angles, TomoTherapy allows doctors to deliver
radiation therapy from all angles around the patient. The all-in-one
system lets the doctor scan and treat the patient with a single piece of
equipment, which makes radiation therapy precise, fast and personalized
and saves normal tissue.
Along with the new TomoHD machine, Ceylinco Healthcare is also
acquiring the latest 'ultra-fast treatment planning system' called the
VoLO, Dr. Abeykoon said.
Ceylinco Healthcare Services is building its second Radiation
Treatment Unit at Park Street, Colombo 2, in close proximity to the
company's first Radiation Treatment Unit, which commenced operation in
September 2007. The new TomoHD machine costing US$ 3.725 million, will
be installed in a solid concrete bunker built to specifications provided
by the Atomic Energy Authority, on the ground floor of the new building.
The project has been granted Board of Investment (BOI) status.
Elaborating on the benefits of the new TomoHD treatment system, Dr.
Abeykoon said it will accommodate future innovations, including the
Advanced TomoTherapy Delivery Technique, a research initiative expected
to reduce treatment times by 40 percent to 70 percent, while improving
treatment quality. TomoTherapy is non-invasive and as painless as having
a CT scan or an X-ray, Dr. Abeykoon added. It takes only a few minutes a
day, and is capable of treating small, large and multiple tumors -- in
multiple areas of the body -- during the same treatment session.
TomoTherapy can be used to treat cancers all over the body, but is
especially effective for pediatric cancers, head and neck, pancreatic,
left-sided breast, anal and rectal cancers.