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India: Cancer Treatment Pathbreaking Technology for Treating Brain Tumor

Source: Press release

The Government of India is supporting the indigenous development of high-powered Magnetron technology used mainly for cancer radiation therapy. The innovative technology has the potential to treat even a 2 mm diameter brain tumor with precision radiation with very little side-effects.

India is set to become the third country, after England & Japan, to indigenously manufacture high powered magnetron essential to Medical Linacs.
India is set to become the third country, after England & Japan, to indigenously manufacture high powered magnetron essential to Medical Linacs.
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India)

New Delhi/India – Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Earth Science; MoS of Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh recently said that the Government of India is supporting indigenous development of high-powered Magnetron technology used mainly for cancer radiation therapy.

Dr. Jitendra Singh presided over the signing of a MOU between Technology Development Board (TDB) of DST and Panacea Medical Technologies, Bangalore to provide financial support for development and commercialization of ‘S Band Tunable Magnetron for Particle Accelerators’. TDB has agreed to provide loan assistance of ₹4.87 crores, out of the total project cost of ₹9.73 crores to the company.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that high-powered Magnetron developed by CSIR-Ceeri (Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute), Pilani for commercial use will be a pathbreaking technology for Oncologists to treat even 2 mm diameter brain tumor with precision radiation with very little side-effects. He said, this will not only increase efficacy, but also prove cost effective in treatment of micro and major tumors.

He mentioned that with the handholding of TDB, Panacea developed India’s first advanced & innovative SBRT enabled Linear Accelerator (Linac), Siddharth II, capable of performing treatment modalities like 3DCRT, VMAT, IMRT, SBRT and SRS. He said that this machine with U.S. FDA, 510(k) clearance has been launched recently on May 11, 2022 and this is the third brand in the world which is ready for the market besides two global giants UK and Japan.

The Minister further added that the machine can be exported to many countries in the world as the company has already received US FDA clearance. Currently, our economy is dependent on use of imported magnetron in various applications related to NDT, radar & other industrial applications in addition to medical applications. This technology can be further extended for other applications ensuring seamless supply of RF source to Medical Linac Manufacturers across the globe.

He mentioned that TDB supporting Panacea Medical Technologies for ‘Development and Commercialization of S Band Tunable Magnetron for Particle Accelerators’ would enable Panacea one step ahead to further lower the cost of Siddharth II to make the cancer treatment more affordable to the common man. This also exemplifies the best Industry Academia linkage promoting market driven R&D to benefit the society at large.

Dr. Singh said, as per the study of global markets, magnetron holds a huge demand globally, as it is essential for all types of linear accelerators, industrial heating equipment, radar systems, medical applications, NDT & others industries. He said, India would be the third country to achieve this feat. England and Japan hold around 80 % - 90 % of the global market. The Minister said, for making Indian Healthcare Ecosystem a robust sector, TDB is providing an impetus to India’s vision of becoming a global manufacturing hub for medical devices.

Magnetron is a type of vacuum tube device. It is a compact & low-cost source of microwave power as compared to other similar microwave tubes. It works on a principle of crossed-field device, which uses the motion of electrons in perpendicular electric and magnetic fields to generate microwave radiation, used for generating RF Power Source in Linear Accelerator for Medical, NDT & other allied applications. This technology has been developed indigenously by CSIR-Ceeri, and transferred to Panacea for mass production and usage in radiation therapy machine for cancer treatment.

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