The state-of-the-art tomograph has arrived to treat oncological and neurological diseases

This Friday, Governor Sergio Uñac and Health Minister Alejandra Venerando visited the Nuclear Medicine Center and toured the site where the Positron Emission Tomograph of the Spanish Center for Chronic Disease Management (CEMEC) will be installed.

With the arrival of this team, San Juan will become the main scientific and technological center of all Cuyo in terms of diagnosis and treatment of oncological and neurological diseases. The brand new equipment will be installed in the premises of the former Spanish hospital, a place that has specific characteristics for the handling of radioactive materials.

The modern positron emission tomograph also represents the solution for more than 60 patients who, until today, have to leave the province to seek medical assistance in this regard.

“The initiative was born jointly with the Minister of Health, for the care of patients who until now have to undergo treatments in Mendoza, taking over from here, to carry out the care that we will soon have. This is a significant step forward, for which we thank the said ministry,” the governor said.

For his part, Venerando pointed out that “it is a transcendental day for San Juan, since it was eagerly awaited by patients who migrated to another province to undergo these very complex studies, which include the diagnosis of neurological, oncological diseases and cardiovascular.

“This will allow us to improve the quality of care with timely diagnosis and adequate treatment, but it is also the beginning of the training of professionals, at the head of the technological scientific pole of San Juan”, he said. explained with respect. Also, the manager added that they are expecting a system calibration team, which will get the machines in order in about 2 months.

“Today is World Cancer Day, and it is our tribute, for all the people who have to stay in the province to carry out their treatments.”

Finally, Ortíz Andino explained the possibility that patients will have to carry out treatments in San Juan and pointed out that the work that will contain the team has 800 square meters, with a BIM (Building Information Modeling) methodology, which the Ministry has implemented. work for the time and which is also developing all over the world. This system allows that when arriving at the stage of the works, all the details are resolved and helps to reach the end according to what was planned. The minister indicated that the room where the tomograph will be installed will be the largest of its kind in the country, for which more than 110 million pesos from provincial funds have been spent.

Equipment Features

The Hybrid PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Combined 16-Slice Multi-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) Model Siemens Biograph Horizon features a Lutetium Crystal Detector Ring, which is the latest technology of these supplies in the world. The investment for the acquisition of this equipment is estimated at more than 1 million dollars.

The machines are designed to obtain images mainly in the fields of oncology, neurology and cardiology, as well as to facilitate diagnosis.

Through a unique non-invasive procedure, you get high-quality CT and PET/CT images to visualize anatomy in great detail and biological processes at the molecular level.

In this context, the PET technique is the fundamental tool in the detection of oncological diseases, where this equipment will allow each of the inhabitants of San Juan to access this very relevant diagnostic study, which until now has not had been carried out in the province.

Several components are included with the equipment for the establishment of the PET nuclear medicine center, in order to carry out a complete diagnosis of the patient and for the institution to represent a reference node in the region.

Christopher S. Washington