Ziauddin Hospital introduces trilogy systemJune 3, 2015
KARACHI: Every physician hopes to see cancer transformed from a terminal disease to a more manageable one, with the introduction of the world’s most advanced linear accelerator The Varian Trilogy System at the Oncology Department of Dr Ziauddin Hospital, that hope is closer to reality.
Dr Jawaid A Malik, Head of Cancer Hospital, stated that Dr Ziauddin Hospital is honored to be one of the first centers in the nation to offer this revolutionary treatment for the cancer patients. The varian trilogy system allows radiation oncologists to treat patients with versatile options and pinpoint accuracies. Dr Ziauddin Hospital has always given priority to quality assurance and quality control in the treatment of patients, he added.
Dr Quratulain Badar, Assistant Professor & Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Ziauddin University Hospital said that the Trilogy is used to treat any type of cancer in almost any part of the body. More common cancers such as those head and neck, lung and prostate are treated more accurately and potentially to higher doses which we hope will result in higher cure rates.
The technology enables a physician to choose exactly the right moment to target a tumor, allowing increases to radiation doses while protecting healthy tissues, she said.
Of equal importance, the Trilogy system targets with high specificity a tumor that lies problematically close to the spinal cord, optic nerves, brainstem, skull base and other critical organs. This unparalleled accuracy can lead not just to better outcomes but also to greater efficiencies, shorter hospital stays and reduced risk of complications she explained.
The Trilogy machine can be used to deliver traditional radiation therapy in daily doses over weeks. It can also be used to treat lesions within the brain with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) in a single treatment, as well as stereotactic body radiation therapy over an interval of days. Further capabilities include intensity modulated radiation therapy, 3D conformal radiotherapy, and fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy.
The prominent features of Trilogy machine are; Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), RapidArc, Gated RapidArc, Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).