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The continuous process of the department of radiation oncology:
For the 1st time in North Maharashtra, HCGMCC has all the three modalities of radiation oncology under one roof:
TomoTherapy-H: Introducing TomoTherapy-H, the next generation of radiation, for the first time in Maharashtra. TomoTherapy-H is an advanced form of cancer treatment that combines Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with the accuracy of Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning technology (IGRT – Image Guided Radiotherapy), all in one machine.
LINEAR ACCELERATOR: A Linear Accelerator 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 or electrons to the region of patient’s tumor.
BRACHYTHERAPY: Brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment. Brachytherapy is commonly used as an effective treatment for cervical, prostate, breast and skin cancer and can also be used to treat tumours in many other body sites.
HCGMCT is the 1st hospital in North Maharashtra to have Gamma Camera, Cardiac PET and a dedicated Iodine Therapy ward.
PET-CT SCAN –
PET-CT has revolutionized medical diagnosis in many fields, by adding precision of anatomic localization to functional imaging, which was previously lacking from pure PET imaging.
Gamma rays are mostly used in oncology to treat cancer. They can also be used to spot tumors. Gamma rays can kill living cells and damage malignant tumor. IE is mostly used when the primary tumor has been removed surgically but the oncologist believes that some clusters of tumor cells may remain in the vicinity of the surgical site, when the tumor is detected in early stage of its growth and when low-dose radiotherapy is more harmful to tumor cells than to surrounding tissues; such as in certain skin cancers.
Gallium-68-DOTATATE PET-CT scan: The best imaging modality for neuroendocrine tumors (Carcinoids Pheochromocytomatous, etc.)
Gallium-68-PSMA PET-CT scan: The most sensitive imaging modality for prostate carcinoma.
IODINE THERAPY WARD:
Radioactive iodine (H131), an isotope of iodine that emits radiation, s used for medical purposes. When o small dose of 1131 is swallowed, It is absorbed Inte the bloodstream in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and concentrated from the blood by the thyroid gland, where it begins destroying the gland's cells.