Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences(KIMS) has tied up with GE Healthcare and Varian Medical systems to set up 10 ‘See and Treat' one-stop oncology centres in smaller towns with latest technology for early detection and treatment of cancer.

The 10 centres would come up with a total investment of Rs.200 crore, first in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam followed by eight more centres in Orissa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar within two years.

The centres would be equipped with each of GE Discovery PET/CT Molecular Imaging systems for detecting the disease at its earliest possible stage and radiotherapy and radio-surgery technology from Varian Medical systems for treating patients.

Dr. Bhaskar Rao, CMD, KIMS said cancer was mostly identified at advanced stage drastically reducing survival period of patients.

Mr.V.Raja, President and CEO of GE Health Care, South Asia, said the tie-up with KIMS was an extension of GE Health Care's vision to take quality and affordable healthcare technology to people in rural areas and reduce mortality rate through early detection.

Ms.Terri S Bresenham, Vice-president and General Manager, Molecular Imaging, GE Healthcare, said 85 million people go undiagnosed of cancer till it was too late. The molecular imaging would look at cellular process at very early stage to diagnose cancer.

More In: Hyderabad