The long awaited Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner which was purchased by public contribution will be arrive at the Maharagama Apeksha Hospital on January 25, Kadijah Foundation President and the Fight Cancer Founder Dr. M S H Mohamed said yesterday.
The high tech state of the art machine which costs around Rs. 202 million was a “Siemens” brand product of Germany with a capacity of performing over 100 scans per month.
Dr. Mohamed said it would take nearly a month to install the machine and the patients could receive the service from March.
It is learnt that one private hospital has the country's only PET scan scanner and the cost of a scan is around Rs.150,000.
However, with the arrival of the new PET scannerat the Apeksha Hospital, it is planned to provide the service free of charge.
Dr. Mohamed said the vaccine to be injected to the patients before the scan will cost some Rs. 30,000 and hoped to import it from India with the government sponsorship.
The PET machine is to be installed in a separate building at the Apeksha Hospital with the recommendations of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board.
He said 90 percent of the construction of the building has been completed and the rest would be completed before March.
Dr. Mohamed also added that a nine-member team of radiologists would be sent to Germany immediately to familiarize themselves with the operation of the machine.
The PET scanner which was a huge shortage to the health care sector became a reality due to the contribution of 20 million people and the commitment of some 150 dedicated members of the Kadijah Foundation and the Fight Cancer. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Yahiya Tuesday, 2 January 2018 08:45
Someone need to lead another machine. We all can contribute. Same foundation must consider.
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ceylon Tuesday, 2 January 2018 09:03
great service.will save tens of thousands lives.thank you all involved and dr mohamad. via DM Android App
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Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 2 January 2018 09:29
At last .
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SL Tuesday, 2 January 2018 09:42
Well done guys!
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suresh Tuesday, 2 January 2018 10:07
shame on current and previous govts on failing to get one sooner.
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Yasin Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:49
they were too busy lining their own pockets and there was always Singapore for affluent who are sick.
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Nalaka Tuesday, 2 January 2018 11:00
We need to have trusted operators to operate this, the private hospital which is having this scanner may give under the counter offer to the staff to break this expensive machine... thats how things happen in Sri Lanka
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predictor Tuesday, 2 January 2018 12:20
goverment can spend millions to import luxury vehicles for ministers but cannot spend for life saving purpose of poor patients. via DM Android App
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Kiri Banda Tuesday, 2 January 2018 13:13
Thank you Dr Mohamed and team.
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Mahinda Thursday, 4 January 2018 16:40
What happen to government sponcerd petscan?
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Yasin Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:06
This is a true selfless community service initiated by Dr.Mohamed through the Kadhija Foundation and many unknown others who made contributions in the service of mankind. Racist should take a note of this and mend their ways to build bridges of unity.No faith teaches hatred. The clear message from all faiths ispeace and compassion.
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Shelly Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:40
Thank you Dr Mohamed and the Kadijah Foundation, Even BBS GUYS WILL GO FOR TREATMENT
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