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UCI: Uganda Purchases, Installs First Ever TrueBeam Radiotherapy Machine in Africa

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The Uganda Cancer Institute management has today flagged off the installation of the TrueBeam radiotherapy machine, the first of its kind in Africa.

The machine, which has been purchased by the government of Uganda at 3.2 million US dollars is an addition to two other radiotherapy machines that are used for cancer treatment at the Institute.

“Once the machine starts operation in December 2020, cancer treatment will greatly improve as this machine provides image guided stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy with high precision to treat tumours and lesions in various parts of the body, including lungs, breasts, head, and neck,” Dr. Jackson Orem, the Executive Director Uganda Cancer Institute said.

Ugandans who have had the need for this kind of treatment, Orem noted, had to travel to AghaKhan Hospital in Nairobi but the Institute has been able to acquire even a more sophisticated machine that will avail all the services.

The machine is being installed by engineers from Turkey who arrived in the country over the weekend. It will be operated by a team of oncologists who have been specifically trained on this machine use in Israel.

The Executive Director further appreciated the government for enabling these engineers to come to the country and install the machine despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, something that indicates that the government takes cancer care very seriously.

Speaking at the handover ceremony for installation of the machine, the Engineers represented by Mr. Isaac Shashec promised to deliver work as expected on this first unique project in Africa.

About the Truebeam Radiotherapy Machine

The TrueBeam Radiotherapy machine

TrueBeam radiotherapy device consists of two main components: a beam-producing system for producing photon, electron, and diagnostic x-ray radiation, and a control panel.

The beam-producing system is installed in a vault in the healthcare settings to provide shielding from radiation, while the control panel that uses the device software is placed outside the treatment room.

The system is equipped with six rotational couches, a motion management interface (MMI), and a visual coaching device. Furthermore, it contains an entire suite of Cone-Beam (CB) CT (CBCT) imaging including 4D CBCT, gated CBCT imaging, short ARC CBCT, extended length CBCT, and multi-scan CBCT acquisition.

Details of the intelligent tools

HyperArc™ high-definition radiation therapy is an advanced solution for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). It is utilised by Varian’s TrueBeam and Eclipse™ platforms. It delivers the treatment with a single click of the panel and has pre-defined imaging waypoints for complex treatment.

RapidArc, also known as the Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) radiotherapy technology, delivers 3D dose distributed to an entire tumour. It has a high precision of less than two minutes. It uses 360° rotational gantry in single or multiple arcs for treatment delivery.

The device also uses the iterative CBCT (iCBCT) technology, an improved form of the CBCT technology. It combines Acuros Computed Tomography Scatter (CTS), reduces scatter contribution and improves image quality.

The technology improves the visualisation of soft tissue of the pelvis, head, and neck. The device also integrates the ARIA® oncology information system and the Eclipse™ treatment planning system. This helps clinicians simplify and manage treatment planning.

Some of the engineers working on the installation.

Benefits of TrueBeam radiotherapy system

TrueBeam radiotherapy system helps patients to heal in fewer sessions such as one to five for a patient compared to 20 to 40 sessions of conventional radiation therapy (dependent upon the type of tumour). Shorter sessions lower the risk of side effects in patients.

Planned treatment can be customized and synchronized in real-time according to the patient’s condition during radiotherapy by dynamic imaging enhanced by 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging capabilities of the device.

The motion management interface allows clinicians to know the exact position of treatment delivery. This improves the precision and accuracy of the treatment.

The CBDT technologies allow for better imaging of moving targets such as lung and abdomen, advancing breath-hold stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), as well as extra cranial radiosurgery.

The system can be used to provide various types of radiation treatments. These include intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), SBRT, and RapidArc radiotherapy as elaborated by Source- Varian Medical systems.



Source – chimpreports.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

STATEMENT
Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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