Iranian Researcher Produces Secondary Radiotherapy Equipment

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mojtaba Navabpour, an Iranian researcher, has manufactured a secondary radiotherapy machine for treatment of hepatic cancer, which brought him gold medal of Nuremberg International Exhibition of Inventions and Innovations in 2007.

Before radiotherapy with this equipment, the patient is first injected with a drug, which is taken to cancerous tumor and then the tumor is radiated. The radiation is absorbed by patient’s tissues.

Then secondary radiation is administered which is of high intensity, but does not damage healthy tissues. Of course, radiation always has its side effects, but the important issue is to minimize those side effects. Radiation by the new equipment has been proven to have the least side effects on normal tissues and even affected tissues are healed rapidly.

Radiation has been carried out on 14 patients by this equipment and it has been more useful for radiating cancerous cells in liver as well as bulky tumors. In the meantime, cancer should be at early stages to be curable.

In ordinary radiotherapy methods, patients should undergo the process for 20 sessions, but the new method is implemented in a single session.

The manufacture of the new equipment started in 1999. After Ministry of Health and Medical Education issued relevant permit for the inventions, mass production started.

The new method of radiotherapy is more used for liver cancer and has led to remarkable improvement in the cancerous tissue after 10 minutes of exposure.

Nuremberg International Exhibition of Inventions and Innovations was held in Nuremberg, Germany, on November 1-6, 2007.

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