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Scanner boost for cancer patients

Positron Emission Tomography scans
The PET scanner can help tailor the patient's treatment

A new hospital department which aims to improve the detection and treatment of cancers has opened in Cambridgeshire.

The PET/CT scanning department at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, is thought to be the first of its kind in East Anglia.

Positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) techniques will be combined to produce 3D images from inside a patient's body.

Tumours not easily detected using other scanning techniques may now be found.

Other illnesses

Professor David Lomas, from the hospital's department of radiology, said treatment could then be tailored to individual patients.

"We can use further PET/CT studies to show how well it is working or if a tumour has occurred.

"The hospital already provides a range of sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic imaging techniques, but this new department completes the services we can offer.

"Having access to this technology is excellent news for patients coming to Addenbrooke's."

As well as cancer sufferers, the PET/CT team will examine patients from other areas of the hospital, including cardiology, neurology and infectious diseases.

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