“It can detect metabolic process months before morphological transformation actually occurs”
CHENNAI: The first-ever Positron Emission Tomography - Computerised Tomographic (PET-CT) scanner in Tamil Nadu was installed in the Canal Bank Road campus of the Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, on Friday.
Unveiling a plaque to launch the scanner, Finance Minister K.Anbazhagan said the advantage of installing the machine in a place like the Cancer Institute was that a huge number of patients, including poor patients would come to benefit from it. He also spoke of the need to spread awareness of cancer among the public, as there were still a good number of people in the community with undetected cancer. He appreciated the work done by V.Shanta, chairman, Cancer Institute and her team, serving needy patients for several years.
Dr.Shanta said the PET machine can detect the metabolic process months before the morphological transformation actually occurs. When combined with the CT, the scanner provides a combination of anatomical and functional imaging to detect cancer, determine the stage of cancer spread, detect residual cancer or recurrence after treatment. She commended the gesture of Dr.Kamakshi Memorial Hospital in installing a machine they had bought at the Cancer Institute as “generous.”
T.G.Govindarajan, president, Dr.Kamakshi Memorial Hospital said the role of the PET-CT in cancer was priceless, though it had a number of applications in other areas of diagnostic and therapeutic medicine as well. Listing out the reasons for deciding to instal the machine in the Cancer Institute rather than in his own hospital, Dr.Govindarajan said it was not only because the Cancer Institute could serve more people, but also because of his regard for Dr.Shanta and the vast experience the institution had in treating patients.
T.Rajkumar, director and scientific director, Cancer Institute, said the aim of the organisation was to take state-of-the art treatment to people from all economic strata. In this regard, it has been in the forefront of introducing the latest equipment in cancer diagnostics and therapeutics in the country.