The entire treatment takes around 15 to 20 minutes and has no side-effects.

New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has started a pilot study to assess the effect of Radiation Therapy in reducing the symptoms of pneumonia in coronavirus infected patients.

AIIMS head of the Radiation Oncology department  and the principal investigator of the research project Dr DN Sharma said two COVID-19 patients who were on oxygen support were given the therapy last Saturday and their condition has improved since then

“Both the patients, aged above 50, who are admitted at the National Cancer Institute, AIIMS, Jhajjar Centre are off the oxygen support now,” Dr Sharma said.

“Radiation therapy usually is given in high doses for cancer treatment but in this case we are giving a safe low dose of radiation at 70 cGy in one sitting to the patient,” he elaborated.

The entire treatment takes around 15 to 20 minutes and has no side-effects.

 

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