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Professors at IIT-Kanpur & SGPGI Lucknow develop 3D robotic motion platform for radiation therapy

It is presently under the final testing phase at the SGPGI in Lucknow.

In an attempt to streamline technology with medicine, professors at IIT-Kanpur and SGPGI in Lucknow, have developed a programmable 3D robotic motion platform for radiation therapy. A novel invention, the model can simulate human lung motion during radiation therapy and enable a focused direction during actual cancer treatment.

As per reports, efforts are underway to commercialise the new model to replace the overseas expensive counterpart which is presently in use. The new platform is not only an indigenous resort but also is much more advanced than the system in place now.

A smart, sophisticated & superior platform for cancer treatment

Professor Ashish Dutta from IIT-Kanpur and Professor K.J. Maria Das from SGPGI, Lucknow, have developed a high-technology robotic motion platform for the quality assurance of respiratory motion management techniques in radiation therapy. The product was incubated with support from the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies program of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, read reports. It is presently under the final testing phase at the SGPGI in Lucknow.

Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT Kanpur, highlighted the benefits of automation, customisation and efficiency of the robotic platform for cancer treatment. He relayed that the model will enable doctors to stimulate lung motion of cancer patients to verify the delivery of focused radiation. This could be further oriented according to an individual patient's lung inflation, motion and need, allowing effective delivery with minimal dosage to the adjoining tissue.

The new product is more affordable than the other products that are imported from overseas. It also allows access to the control of the software, generating different types of human lung motion breathing. The product can also be used to check if the radiation is targeted at the right area.

The functioning of this dynamic platform is so dynamic that besides breathing, it can mimic 3D tumour motion by using 3 independent stepper motor systems as well. This is another advantage that will help further the accuracy of radiation therapy in cancer patients. Sophisticated, smart and superior, this ingenious design is the country's stepping stone towards being a medically advanced nation.

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