Bhubaneswar, November 11- : Now a medical cyclotron unit will be set up in Odisha for the treatment of patients for the dreaded disease like cancer. A state-of-the-art ‘Medical Cyclotron Unit’ will be set up at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital (TMCH) in NISER campus, Jatni, with an aim to provide better healthcare to cancer patients in Odisha. An official said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved the proposal to this effect.
The state government will contribute Rs 150 crore for this. Health and Family Welfare Department Secretary Shalini Pandit said on Thursday that after the establishment of this unit, Odisha will become the research and implementation hub (garh) of ‘Medical Cyclotron’ in the entire South-East Asia region.
Responding to media queries, Pandit said the medical cyclotron unit will produce radioactive isotopes that are used in critical imaging procedures like PET scans to treat cancer and other diseases. At present, Odisha has to get these isotopes daily from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata as they are effective only for a few hours.
The Health Secretary said that the proposed state-of-the-art ‘Medical Cyclotron Unit’ would be the most unique in the entire South East Asia region. He said that “It will be operated by NISER under the aegis of TeamMCH, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology, Department of Atomic Energy and Atomic Energy Regulatory Council.
Medical cyclotron unit to be built for cancer patients in Odisha
Story first published: Friday, November 11, 2022, 19:46 [IST]