Apollo hospital has set up a state-of-the-art body scanner which detects cancerous cells quickly, and may go a long way in timely selection of treatment for cancer patients, officials of the hospital said on Wednesday. The Positron Emission Tomography-Magnetic Resonance (PET-MR) has been combined with PET Computerised Tomography (CT) to create the PET Suite which scans patients quicker, thus reducing discomfort and helping in therapy selection and treatment.
Since doctors can simultaneously acquire data from the whole body, the scanning takes less time, thus, reducing the discomfort of the patient, Prathap C. Reddy, chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group, told reporters in New Delhi. ‘As MR has no radiation, this machine can significantly reduce the overall radiation dose, making it safer for pediatrics and patients undergoing repeated studies for therapy monitoring,’ he added. Compared to hospitals abroad, ‘the cost is 75 percent less and diagnostic accuracy is 100 percent,’ said Uma Ravishankar, Head of the Department of Molecular Imaging and Nuclear Medicine.
Besides detecting cancer, PET-MR can also play a major role in understanding cardiology and neurological diseases, doctors said. The PET Suite will be formally launched on Feb 16 by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.