Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit unveils Novalis Tx at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

Top Quote Novalis Tx is an advanced form of radiotherapy and radiosurgery that offers a versatile combination of advanced technologies for treatment of tumors and lesions. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 11, 2010 - New Delhi - Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals today launched Novalis Tx - a major advancement treating cancer. The technology was unveiled by the Delhi Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikshit, in the presence of Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.

    Novalis Tx is one of the most advanced, effective methods of radiotherapy and radio surgery. In sensitive and crucial areas like the brain, pinpoint accuracy is paramount; a conventional radiation treatment can potentially cause severe complications. To overcome this shortcoming, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals has installed the Novalis Tx Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy platform. This advanced equipment shapes the radiation beam precisely to the tumor or lesion, ensuring that the best possible treatment dose is delivered while damage to the healthy tissue is minimized. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals is one of the very few hospitals in India offering this advanced technology.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, "Today, Indian hospitals such as Apollo are at par with the best, anywhere in the world in terms of outcomes, doctors and technology. We are honoured that our Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikhsit has inaugurated the first Novalis Tx unit in this part of the country. This latest technology, along with the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, are in line with our mission to provide the highest level of care to our patients."

    Standard radiation systems use fixed shape beams to treat tumors and lesions. Most tumors are irregular in shape, so the conventional dose cannot completely conform to the exact shape which can lead to radiation causing damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Novalis Tx, with its cutting-edge technology, addresses this limitation in overcoming cancer. "I am delighted to launch the Novalis Tx and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals today. Apollo Hospitals has done tremendous work in creating awareness about cancer, its burden can be decreased significantly if cases are detected and treated early." said Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi. Novalis Tx is an advanced technology which helps in improved and effective treatment of tumors and lesions as it is precise, fast, non-invasive, flexible and offers a good alternative for those patients who are unfit to undergo surgery.

    Novalis Tx is equipped with sophisticated image-guidance tools and motion management tools that can perform a CT scan of targeted tissues in real-time. It is therefore able to pinpoint the position of the tumor at every movement and move the radiation beam to deliver the required dose accurately, completely and safely.

    Smt. Sheila Dikshit appreciated the efforts undertaken by Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals to provide state-of-the-art health facilities to the patients.

    Why Novalis Tx?

    Precise: Shapes the radiation beam as per the shape of the tumor/lesion
    Fast: High speed delivery of radiation to the tumor
    Non Invasive: Frameless radio surgery
    Flexible: Treatment options ensure delivery of required doses to treat tumors deep inside body/brain
    Alternative to Surgery: A good option for those who cannot undergo a surgery

    About Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
    Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, India's first JCI accredited hospital, is a joint venture between the Government of Delhi and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Commissioned in July 1996, it is the third super-specialty tertiary care hospital set up by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spread over 15 acres, it houses 57 specialties with more than 300 specialists and more than 600 operational beds, 19 operation theatres, 138 ICU beds, round-the-clock pharmacy, NABL accredited laboratories, 24-hour emergency services and an active air ambulance service. Apollo Hospitals Delhi has the leading programme in kidney and liver transplant in the country. The first successful pediatrics and adult liver transplants in India were performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.

    The hospital is at the forefront of medical technology and expertise. It provides a complete range of latest diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities for the care of its patients. The Hospital has introduced the most sophisticated imaging technology to India with the introduction of 64 slice CT and 3 Tesla MRI. Apollo Hospitals has also pioneered the concept of preventive health check programmes and has created a satisfied customer base over decades. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals received the FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards in September 2009 for best patient care and excellence in healthcare delivery and has been consistently ranked amongst the best 10 hospitals in India by the Week - HANSA survey for the past few years. With the introduction of the Novalis Tx and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the Apollo Cancer Institute Delhi is among the leading oncology facilities in the country.

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