Saturday, November 1, 2008

South Africa: Advanced Cancer Technology Machine Unveiled -

Gabi KhumaloPretoria

The Gauteng Health Department have unveiled the up-to-the-minute advanced malignant neoplastic disease engineering machine to observe malignant neoplastic disease and analyze the personal effects of malignant neoplastic disease therapy.

The Positron Emission Imaging - Computed Imaging (PET-CT) scanner was launched on Thursday by Provincial Health MEC Brian Hlongwa at the Capital Of South Africa Academician Hospital.

The scanner, which is the 2nd in a South African populace infirmary after the 1 at Inkosi Prince Albert Luthuli in KwaZulu-Natal, is also used to measure the extent of bosom diseases and neurological conditions.

Unveiling the machine, Mister Hlongwa said while the section is improving District Health Services with a particular focusing on Primary Health Care, it is equally sensitive to teaching, training, research necessitates and also maintaining criteria at the Academician Hospitals

"The scanner is not only the newest and one of the most powerful tools used in diagnostic imaging, it will also do a important part to the proviso of quality wellness services to the people of Gauteng and those neighbor states which are served by our Tertiary hospitals," said Mister Hlongwa.

However, he noted that it was a sad world that malignant neoplastic disease is one of the prima deathly diseases among our people.

More than 3 400 South African women decease every twelvemonth from cervical cancer.

Mr Hlongwa stressed the importance of early sensing of cancer, which increases the opportunities for successful treatment.

The constituents that Pb to an early sensing of malignant neoplastic disease are about educating the community to advance early diagnosing and screening, he said.

Among the benefits of the PET-CT scanner is that it can observe malignant neoplastic disease earlier, even before symptoms arise.

It assists to avoid unneeded processes such as as invasive surgery to see if a tumor exists,

give a more than than than accurate mental image of the internal works of the human organic structure and observe tumors as little as 4mm in entire length.

It also aid operating operating surgeons in planning a word form of treatment or path to the mark tumor since it offers a more complete image as there is more item as well as both functional and anatomical information on the same image

It also supplies first-class patient monitoring options, both in seeing if all malignant neoplastic disease have been removed or recurred, help surgeons make up one's mind if surgery is a necessary option and find if person is at hazard of coronary unwellness before symptoms occur.

In addition, its data files can be imported into radiation therapy planning computers, aiding surgery.

Mr Hlongwa noted that at another level, the scanner will better criteria of attention in line with International Cancer Accreditation Standards.

"We trust it will better the enlisting and keeping of staff and will make partnership to supply malignant neoplastic disease imagination services for other healthcare arrangements including private and public in South African Development Community and beyond, this is something to be celebrated," he said.

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Although the scanner is based in Tshwane, it will be used by Dr Saint George Mukhari Hospital, Kalafong Hospital and other encompassing infirmaries in North of Jukskei River.

The scanner will potentially salvage one thousands of Rands from infirmary admittances including high care, unneeded investigations, theatre costs, uneffective chemotherapy and surgical costs.

"Here is something to be proud of and allow us utilize these resources wisely to assist our people bask better life," said Mister Hlongwa.

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