IAEA thanks Indian scientists for using tech for society

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday thanked Indian scientists for using technology for societal objectives.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Mumbai: The International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday thanked Indian scientists for using
technology for societal objectives.

During his visit to Advanced Centre for Research and
Education in Cancer (ACTREC) on Tuesday, Director General Yukiyo
Amano witnessed the functioning of the Bhabhatron.

On behalf of the IAEA, he thanked the generous donation
from India in the form of Bhabhatron teletherapy machines
which would help save lives in other developing countries as
well.

The Department of Atomic Energy, along with Tata Memorial
Centre, developed the computerised Telecobalt Radiotherapy
machine called Bhabhatron, which was first installed in ACTREC
in 2005 and further refined.

In 2007, its improved version - Bhabhatron-II was
inaugurated at ACTREC by the previous IAEA Director General El
Baradei.

ACTREC has used BhabhatronII to treat over thousand
patients with different types of cancers and very carefully
monitored the performance of this Indian machine.

India has also donated one Bhabhatron to Vietnam under
the Programme Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where it is now
being used for treating cancer patients. India has pledged to
donate more such machines to Sri Lanka and other African
countries through the IAEA.

PTI