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Indian radiologist spearheads cure for osteoarthritis sans surgery

An Indian radiologist has spearheaded clinical research to cure osteoarthritis without surgery and helped hundreds suffering from the painful condition to walk again, holding// out promise of relief to the millions suffering from it.

Said to be the first of its kind in the world, the non-invasive treatment involves application of electromagnetic beams to regenerate tissues that wear and tear due to ageing.

Wing Commander (Retd) V.G. Vasishta, former head of radio diagnosis department at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) here, said the Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance (RFQMR) beam treatment on patients during clinical trials have shown remarkable results.

With growing demand, he plans to open clinics in major metros like Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata over the next six months offering the treatment, which is much cheaper than knee replacement.

Vasishta told IANS: "As a degenerative disease caused by the loss of cartilage from load-bearing joints, especially the knees, osteoarthritis results in impairment of movement and chronic pain. Though many therapies, including newer drugs have been tried, the results have not been encouraging, forcing sufferers into expensive surgery."

"By applying the Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance beams in the clinical trials spread over two years and covering about 500 patients, we had remarkable results in terms of relief from severe pain and regeneration of the cartilage in a natural process without side-effects."

The RFQMR technology generates precise high intensity quantum magnetic resonance beams from 288 specially designed guns that are focused on a target tissue. The beams are delivered in the sub-radio and near-radio frequency spectrum by a computerised device called Cytotron to alter the cell membrane potential.

"Like other tissues, bone and cartilage are constantly being built-up and broken down by a variety of me
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