Equipment set to reduce trips to India, cut cost for patients

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By ELIZABETH MERAB
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As the World Cancer Day was marked on February 4, Kenyan patients sat anxiously waiting for a new equipment that has become the talk of town in the health sector.

The equipment has been promoted as a hi-tech cancer screening machine called a positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanner, simply referred to as a PET scanner.

The machine, set to be procured at a cost of Sh619 million by the Aga Khan University Hospital by March, is commonly used in cancer treatment, neurology and cardiology.

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Combined with a CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, a PET scan can produce multidimensional, colour images of the inside workings of the human body and not only shows what an organ looks like, but also how it is functioning.

The machine, commonly found in India, gained popularity after TV personality Janet Kanini, who died last year after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015, talked about it when sharing her experience in India.

Her experience, coupled with that of other patients who have gone abroad for treatment, doctors say, has seen an increase in the number of patients’ request to…

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