Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cyber Knife - India

froma post by yyy6o on the IV MB:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 08:00 IST
Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, (HCG) a leading comprehensive cancer care centre in the country, has invested Rs 40 crore for advanced equipment at its facility in Bangalore.

To begin with, it has made a Rs 30 crore investment for a Cyber Knife technology which will be commissioned in February. This makes it the first facility in the country to install the advanced radio guided surgery system. The second is a Rs 10 crore investment in 'Artise' which is an advanced Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system.

The Group which has a 180-bed hospital in Bangalore has already seen a fund infusion of Rs 80 crore ($20 million) from PremjiInvest, a fund sponsored by Wipro chief Azim Premji. The funds have been used for major expansion into Tier I and Tier II cities to offer high-end oncology care to the growing number of cancer cases in the country besides setting up of three Centre of Excellence in Bangalore, New Delhi and Ahmedabad. Based on the hub and spoke model, the Group will need to invest Rs 8-10 crore for each new centre. The facilities at Vijayawada and Hubli are expected to be commissioned in February.

The Cyber Knife is a frameless robotic radio surgery system. It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumours anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment which delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumours with extreme accuracy will now offers new hope to patients, stated Dr B S Ajai Kumar, chairman, HCG.

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