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Multipurpose PET center under construction in Ufa

6 Aug '12
PET-Technology, one of Rusnano’s project companies, launched Friday in Ufa, Bashkortostan, construction of a multipurpose medical center that will combine the sections of positron-emission tomography (PET scanning) and radiosurgery, and production of y-tracers for diagnostics, Rusnano reports.

This $29.5m Ufa project will reportedly focus on production of y-tracers based on positron-emitting isotopes, such as fluorine-18 and others. It will be equipped with a PET and CAT (computerized axial tomography) scanner, and a radiosurgery machine.

Bringing the diagnostics, radiosurgical and production sections under one roof is expected to shorten the current gap between diagnostics and therapy, enable physicians to use ultrashort-lived isotopes, and adapt the future center to the needs of a broader list of patients.

The production section will include a radiochemical lab to synthesize y-tracers for tomographic examinations in diagnostics, a cyclotron (particle accelerator) to generate isotopes, and a quality check lab.

The construction phase of the project is reportedly scheduled for completion in Q2 2013. Making y-tracers with a projected capacity of at least 100,000 doses a year, the future center will also be able to handle more than 5,000 examinations a year.

PET diagnostics helps reveal malignant tumors at early stages and is a critical part of nuclear medicine. In cardiology, PET scanning is believed to be the most effective way of assessing myocardium vitality.

The new center in Bashkortostan’s capital city of Ufa is another stage in Rusnano’s broad program aimed at creating a network of PET and CAT centers across Russia. PET-Technology has been specifically set up to carry out this $74m program, for which Rusnano is reportedly committed to kicking in $37m.