Artemis Cancer Centre is armed with World Class Equipment. Cyberknife® Radiosurgery treatment at Artemis Hospital is a precise, painless, non-invasive radiation treatment that can be alternative to open surgery in certain cases!
The CyberKnife® M6™ Series offers a comprehensive set of clinical features. Indication-specific tumor tracking with automatic correction, wide range of robotic motion & advanced collimation integrate seamlessly into the only system to automatically stay on target.
Artemis hospital is the first in North India to install the latest and advanced CyberKnife m6 model, elucidates Dr Aditya Gupta, Director – Neurosurgery, Artemis Hospital
What is unique about CyberKnife m6, the latest generation of robotic radio surgery system?
CyberKnife m6 is a revolutionary radio – surgical device that uses a combination of robotics and sophisticated image-guidance technology. The new model is safe, pain free and it is the most comfortable radio surgery treatment available. Unlike the earlier version having a stereotactic metallic frame, which is mounted on the patient face during the procedure, m6 version comes with a thermo plastic mesh mask where the patient can breathe and see through it. The mask is painful because the four pins of the frame goes into the skull of the patient. But the CyberKnife m6 series is more like a mobile radiation head which shoots individual beam of radiation. Even claustrophobic patients can be treated easily. With CyberKnife m6, the treatment can be done in 40 minutes. It is just like a CT and an MRI scan, but the same procedure takes 2.5 hours in gamma knife and modified linear accelerators.
What are the clinical features that Cyberknife m6 Series offers?
The common tumours which can be treated by CyberKnife is pituitary ademomas, acouste neuroma, meningioma, glomus tumour and other benign tumours. Apart from tumours, we can treat arteriovenous malformation. These are clumps of blood vessels in brain which can be burned with the help of radiation and trigerminal neuralgia. The m6 version is highly precise and helps to treat patients who have larger or more irregular shape tumours and who are resistant to conventional radiation, as they can be given more focused radiation. It also helps in cases where surgically tumour is inaccessible. In many western countries, out of 100 cases, 40 cases are brain metastases and they get radiation for the deposits. However, in our country for every case, many undergo full brain radiation, which leads to side effects. It leads to memory loss, forgetfulness, behavioural changes and higher mental loss.
How will radio surgery evolve in the five years?
In five years time, we will be detecting tumours early. Physicians will be more aware of these advanced treatments. With more health insurance penetration, such treatments will be available for larger section of people and is likely to be cheap. I hope universally the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan and metabolic information will be integrated in the planning part of the radio surgery procedure.