Cancer patients at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre are set to benefit from the purchase of the UK’s most advanced PET scanner.
The new £2 million state-of-the-art Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner boasts a number of advanced functions that are being implemented in the UK for the first time including a facility which allows for the detection of even smaller tumours.
NHSGGC’s diagnostics directorate worked very hard to ensure the new scanner was at the forefront of latest developments and are very proud of their latest acquisition.
Associate medical director for diagnostics Rachel Green explained: “This scanner really is at the forefront of technological development. It is a powerful means of detecting cancers at an early stage of their development so we improve diagnosis and improve outcomes for more patients.
“Many studies have demonstrated that it provides superior results when compared to the more traditional techniques of CT or MRI.”
PET scans are obtained by imaging a tracer amount of a radioactive sugar that is administered to the patient. Cancerous tissue can be seen on the scans because the cells take up and retain sugar to a greater extent than normal cells.
Additional functions of the new GE690 PET-CT scanner also include a complex motion detection and analysis features that enable production of moving PET-CT images.
Dr Green added: “This motion detection function can be important for lung tumours, for example, because lungs move when the patient breathes. This advanced feature of the scanner will also be useful when scanning children who can find it difficult to lie still for certain periods of time.
“This scanner is also an extremely powerful tool for performing research work with a view to increasing our understanding of cancer and other diseases. We’ll be taking forward a variety of research programmes in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.”
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