Global Hospitals Group has deployed what it claims to be Asia Pacific’s first advanced radiation therapy technology for cancer treatment at its BGS Global Hospitals in Bangalore and Karnataka, India.

The Truebeam STx is a next-generation radiation oncology linacs and is designed to carry out radiation therapy and radio-surgery procedures throughout the body, including brain, pancreas and liver. The solution, with gated RapidArc capability, targets only cancer cells in tumours without affecting the surrounding normal healthy tissues and can be used for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).

The Varian Medical Systems-developed Truebeam STx is expected to deliver treatments 2.4 to four times faster and help physicians perform a complex radiosurgery, which takes 30 to 60 minutes, in just five to 20 minutes.

Global Hospitals Group chairman and managing director K Ravindranath said Global Hospitals is on a constant quest to bring patients the best treatments in the form of clinical expertise and technology. "I am personally very delighted that, today we bring to the people of Karnataka, Asia Pacific’s first TrueBeam STx," he said. "The addition of TrueBeam STx will now help us in to treat the cancer patients requiring radiation therapy, the best radiation technology ever. "We will soon be commissioning gamma camera and brachy therapy machines too, while PET CT is already commissioned, which will make BGS Global Hospitals a complete ‘one-stop’ destination for the most advanced radiation therapy treatments in the world."

Varian Medical Systems, Germany director of Surgical Sciences David James said the high precision, accuracy and visibility of Trubeam STx provide the cancer professionals at BGS Global Hospitals with the tools they need to eliminate even complex tumours.

"They now can spare more surrounding critical structures and deliver more ablative treatments with leading-edge delivery of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), " James added.