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The overwhelming support and the need to further enhance the service resulted in the acquisition of the Ion Torrent Genexus System , a turnkey NGS solution that automates the specimen-to-report workflow in November 2020 . With this new technology , SJMC is able to achieve an unprecedented NGS TAT of 3 working days , where other NGS platforms would usually take 2 – 3 weeks from sample receipt to reporting . SJMC is the first in the Southeast Asia region to offer NGS service using this sequencing technology .
Besides the routine oncology diagnosis , the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is also heavily invested in research activities with international and local collaborators , endeavouring to move research findings from the laboratory bench to the bedside . Such initiatives benefit patients and inform clinicians of newly approved targeted therapy options which are available , based on the mutations identified .
“ For all of us in SJMC caring for cancer patients , it is deeply satisfying and gratifying to be able to deliver first class patient care , during these challenging ‘ COVID times ’, when health resources and economies are being severely tested ,” said Trish Hogan , Chief Executive Officer of SJMC .
The radiation therapy suites at its Cancer and Radiosurgery Centre ( CRC ) are fitted with highly advanced equipment and technology to plan and administer radiation treatment accurately and safely to cancer patients . The facilities have the latest radiotherapy equipment like TrueBeam Linear Accelerator , Tomotherapy , High Dose Rate Brachytherapy , Wide Bore CT Simulator , and Intraoperative Radiation Therapy System . These technologies enable the department to deliver simple to complex high-end radiotherapy techniques such as :