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Gadget boost for cancer care & cure

Patna, Jan. 4: Cancer diagnosis and treatment in the city got a much-needed boost with the inauguration of a positron emission tomography computed tomography (PET-CT) scan machine at Paras HMRI Hospital today.

The private health hub in the city is the first to procure this state-of-the-art equipment, essential for diagnosis and treatment of cancer and various other diseases.

“The PET-CT machine scans the entire body by injecting a radioactive glucose, termed F-18 FD, into the patient. The scanner detects the radiation emitted inside the body of the patient and the computer generates three-dimensional images of the tissue function or cell activity in the tissues of the body. Based on the assessment of the cell activities under the influence of the radioactive elements, the PET CT machine gives its diagnosis. PET-CT scans are helpful in monitoring the effectiveness of chemotherapy as well,” said Dr Deep Shankar Parashar, senior consultant, nuclear medicine department, Paras HMRI.

Paras HMRI Hospital has procured the PET-CT machine, manufactured by Philips, for around Rs 4 crore. “Till now, patients from Patna and other places in Bihar were sent to hospitals in Calcutta and Delhi for diagnosis using PET-CT machine. Now, they would be able to avail of the same facility at the same rates in their own city,” said Dr A.A. Hai, director, Paras HMRI Hospital.

“Cancer does not cause pain in the early stages, which is the reason it often progresses to critical stages. However, machines like PET-CT helps in identifying cancer cells even in initial stages. In other cases as well, it helps in identifying the exact stage of the cancer, whether the treatment is going in the right direction and the possibility of re-occurrence,” said Dr Hai.

“The cost for diagnosis using the PET-CT machine in other cities is between Rs 22,000 and Rs 30,000 and we would charge around Rs 22,000 to Rs 25,000 for the same,” said Paras HMRI Hospital general manager Dr Ravi Shankar Singh.


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