Institute of Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear imaging plays a pivotal role in patient care, providing safe, cost-effective, and precise diagnostic information for detecting diseases and improving survival rates. With the planned Institute, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a SPECT/CT scanner, we aim to bring these vital services in-house, revolutionizing healthcare delivery and benefiting our community. Your support will enable us to advance precision diagnostics, enhance patient care, and drive medical innovation at Tzafon Medical Center.
Background and Need:
Nuclear imaging has proven to be a safe, painless and cost-effective way of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable or require a more expensive and risky diagnostic. Today nuclear imaging in medicine is an integral part of patient care, and is used in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of serious disease. It is valuable for detecting the presence of tumors, aneurysms, irregular blood flow, and blood cell disorders. Nuclear imaging has a major role in early diagnosis which is the key to improved survival rate.
New facilities and medical units recently opened at Padeh-Poriya Medical Center enable the provision of high-level treatments to the residents of the region, yet they are incomplete without in -house nuclear medicine services. Over the years, thousands of patients have been referred to other hospitals for nuclear imaging procedures – a complicated practice that puts a heavy burden on the patients and the hospital, and hampers patients’ treatment.
The Padeh-Poriya Medical Center seeks to establish an Institute of Nuclear Medicine for the benefit of both hospitalized and ambulatory patients.
Nuclear Medicine examines organ structure and function using radioactive materials to assess disease process, providing unique information that is often unattainable using other imaging procedures. Oncology is one field that has had immense success using this technology. In addition to making it easier to detect cancer, PET scans can decipher whether it has spread in the body, or if it has returned after treatment. A nuclear medicine scan is less invasive and may yield more precise information than exploratory surgery.
The Institute of Nuclear Medicine will provide a wide range of nuclear medical imaging services for diagnostic purposes and help monitor the response to various treatment strategies. The planned institute area will be approximately 1200 sq. meter and will include examination rooms with a control room, reception and waiting areas, laboratory rooms, offices and storage.
For the purpose of operating the Institute, suitable equipment must be purchased including SPECT/CT scanner for high resolution imaging- A type of nuclear medicine scan where the images or pictures from two different types of scans are combined together. The combined scan can provide precise information about how different parts of the body are functioning and more clearly identify problems.
Estimated Cost and Timetable:
The establishment of an Institute of Nuclear Medicine is estimated at a total cost of 10 Million USD over a period of two years.