JN - Inauguration
SAMEER has made state of art technology for cancer therapy and the machine as Siddharth-2 is already in hospital treating patients. The latest in this series was dedicated to nation at Adyar Cancer Hospital, Chennai on 8th July 2023. Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State the indigenously developed Medical Linear Accelerator (LINAC) System designed and developed by SAMEER. Under the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister, MeitY had funded the development of 6 MV Medical LINAC for making the cancer treatment affordable to the Indian Citizens. SAMEER has been developing advanced 6MV Medical LINACs and the indigenous machines have delivered more than four lakh patient exposures at various hospitals so far.
SIDDHARTH, 6 MV Medical LINAC is an advanced radiation therapy machine that generates X-Rays of 6MV energy on command. Thus, no radioactive waste is produced from the machine. The generated X-Ray is radiated in a precisely controlled manner on cancerous tumour using Treatment Planning System. SIDDHARTH is a type approved machine and qualifies all regulatory requirements posed by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). More than 70% patients who require radiotherapy can be treated using this machine.
Alexander John, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation Oncology at Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai appreciated indigenously developed Medical LINAC system by SAMEER and mentioned that only a few manufacturers of such complex systems are available across the globe. He further added that Cancer Institute has used one such machine for more than 10years that was delivered by SAMEER in the year 2008 and after its decommissioning in 2019, Cancer Institute requested for next version of SIDDHARTH machine developed by SAMEER that was commissioned in 2023. Professor mentioned that radiation therapy is an effective treatment methodology with reasonably low side effects. India needs a greater number of such machines at Tier-2, Tier-3 cities in our country also.