Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Apollo Speciality Hospital, Teynampet, has installed a state-of-the-art positron emission domography system for diagnosis of cancer. The advanced 64 slice PET-CT system with time of flight technology is the first of its kind to be installed in the country.

The system will help in delivering high quality imaging leading to better diagnosis for patients suffering from cancer, cardiology and neurological complications. Cornelis A. Hoefuagel, a nuclear medicine specialist from The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, told that the advantages of the technology is that it enables lower radiation dose to the patient, personnel and lowers cost of treatment significantly.

He also said “for most diagnosis we don’t use PET–CT but this system would help in cancer care. It helps to follow the disease and in finding if the treatment protocol has helped in treating cancer. It helps to show if the lesion (tumour) responds to a treatment.” The equipment costs Rs.12 crore. It requires half the radio active material that is usually used in such cases. Baghyam Raghavan of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Apollo Speciality Hospital was present.