BARC develops digital radiotherapy simulator to locate tumours

The simulator helps in identifying the organs at risk and in localising the cancer-affected tissues.

Last Updated: May 06, 2011, 19:12 PM IST

Mumbai: Scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have developed a Digital Radiotherapy Simulator, a device to locate tumours and aid radiotherapy planning and verification.
The Digital Radiotherapy Simulator helps in identifying the organs at risk and in localising the cancer-affected tissues, the scientists of the Division of Remote handling and Robotics said.

For tele-therapy, the simulator would also help in choosing the right radiation beam and aiming it at the target.

The BARC machine will cost Rs one crore, just half of the cost of the imported simulator, Dr Manjit Singh, Group Director of Remote Handling and Robotics Division told PTI.

"The first machine with the Radiotherapy simulator has been installed by BARC in Indian Red Cross Society Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Another machine has been installed in Northeastern India and a third machine will be exported to Namibia," Singh said.

This computer-controlled machine is simple and user-friendly. Other features of the machine, such as film-less operations and ease of transfer and storage of digital images can streamline the work-flow and improve overall performances of the department.

Smaller radiotherapy centres, especially those at remote places, will be able to afford this simulator, leading to safer and more effective radiation dose delivery their cancer patients, Singh said.

Although, radiotherapy simulator is an essential tool for improving the quality of tele-therapy, there is acute shortage of such machines in India due to high cost of the imported units, and this indigenous technology development can change the scenario of quality treatment, he added.

PTI