Linear Accelerator treatment for Cancer in India

 

Linear Accelerator (LINAC) in India

A linear particle accelerator which is often shortened to LINAC. LINAC is the device most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. The linear accelerator is used to treat all parts/organs of the body. It delivers high-energy x-rays to the region of the patient's tumor.

The LINAC is used to treat all body sites, using conventional techniques, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radio Therapy (SBRT).

LINAC Procedure

The linear accelerator/ LINAC uses microwave technology (similar to that used for radar) to accelerate electrons in a part of the accelerator called the "wave guide," then allows these electrons to collide with a heavy metal target. As a result of the collisions, high-energy x-rays are produced from the target. These high energy x-rays are shaped as they exit the machine to conform to the shape of the patient's tumor and the customized beam is directed to the patient's tumor.

The patient lies on a moveable treatment couch and lasers are used to make sure the patient is in the proper position. The treatment couch can move in many directions including up, down, right, left, in and out. The beam comes out of a part of the accelerator called a gantry, which can be rotated around the patient. Radiation can be delivered to the tumor from any angle by rotating the gantry and moving the treatment couch.

Linear Accelerator treatment for Cancer in India

Dr Subodh Pandey

Dr.Subodh Pandey is a vastly experienced Radiation Oncologist with an experience of more than 20 years in major hospitals in Delhi. He has to his credit starting Neuro-oncology & Paediatric Oncology Department at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai. His special interest is in Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and PET CT based techniques for Cancer Management and Cancer Treatment in India.

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Linear Accelerator treatment for Cancer in India

Dr S Hukku

Dr S Hukku, is an alumnus of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Chandigarh, India. Dr Hukku has been trained at the prestigious hospitals around the world viz. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, Memorial Hospital of Queens, New York, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Charite University, Berlin, Nagoya University Hospital, Nagoya, and Cookridge Hospital, Leeds, UK.

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