From July 5, the Department of Radiology at Harderwijk will use the new PET/CT scan. The scanner provides information about internal tissues in a single examination and can quickly and accurately detect tumors and inflammatory processes. By providing this research, patients at St Jansdal are less dependent on other centers for this.
Nuclear radiologist, Susan Major: “PET/CT scan is a combined examination that uses radioactive materials and X-rays. It is a safe and reliable technology that allows us to visualize physiology and anatomy. Research is of great value in detecting and localizing malignant tumors and inflammatory processes.”
The new PET/CT scan will initially be used only to diagnose tumors. Major: “We will use PET/CT scans at the moment for patients with breast and lung cancer. Using the scanner, we can see where the tumor is and how far it has spread. We can also say something about the effect of any treatment on the tumor. In the near future, the scanner will also be used in patients who suffer from another form of cancer or benign conditions.”
Maud Keltjens, Head of Radiology and Functions, is pleased to offer the PET/CT scan. “By offering these imaging diagnoses, we are bringing healthcare closer to home. Patients undergoing our treatment can now be examined in their familiar environment and do not have to travel to another hospital.”
A PET/CT scan will be used three half-days a week, with an average of nine patients seen within a week. This will be extended to several days, and eventually to an average of ten patients in one day, five days a week.
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