Establishing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanning
The project aims at increasing the diagnostic capacities in Malta in the oncology field by financ-ing the installation of a PET/CT scanner in the main public medical centre in Malta. The project will contribute to a reduction of the barriers that currently exist to access high technology care and will contribute to the objective of enhancing equitable care in Malta irrespective to the finan-cial means of the patients.
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Sviluppo umano e sociale
Patients affected by cancer diseases (400,000 inhabitants). To a lesser degree a subset of cardiac patients and a subset of neurological patients.
Cancer treatment in Malta is currently housed at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital. It can essentially be considered as Malta’s oncology centre and is currently the only public facility in Malta that provides radiotherapy treatment. It is equipped with 3 accelerators, one cobalt unit and one superficial X-ray treatment machine.The majority of cancer patients in Malta receive therapy through this department.The radio-diagnostic capacities in Malta today are insufficient. Cancer patients that require a scan go to overseas centres, if they can afford to. No patients are sent abroad through the Maltese National Health Service. This is thus causing a disparity of care for the most part of Maltese patients.The centre shall be inter alia greatly enhanced with diagnostic capacity through the installation of a PET scanner.The projected time-frame for the completion of the oncology facility is 2012. The space for the installation of the PET/CT scanner and the supporting facilities has already been identified within the existing premises of Mater Dei Hospital.
The project aims at providing the access to PET/CT diagnostic facilities in Malta to all patients by installing a PET/CT scanner at the Mater Dei Hospital. The project shall allow to provide the full range of services in the oncology field in Malta, from diagnosis to treatments. This will improve the comfort of patients in Malta and avoid expensive travels overseas.
The overall investment project for establishing a PET/CT at the Mater Dei Hospital encompasses: I) tendering process (2010), II) site preparation (2010/EUR 354,000), III) acquisition and instalment of equipment (2011/EUR 2.0 million), IV) instalment of the Hot lab fractionator (2011/EUR 177,000).
The expected results are:
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Numero del progetto: 7F-06760.01