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Apollo sets up PET scan unit in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad , Jan. 30

APOLLO Gleneagles PET CT Scan Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between Apollo Hospitals and Singapore-based Gleneagles Ltd, has announced the setting up of a Rs 30-crore PET-CT scanunit in Hyderabad. The unit would open bookings for tests next week.

Speaking to newspersons on Sunday, Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman of the Apollo group, said that this was the first such facility in South-East Asia.

The PET scanning would help see detailed anatomy and functional processes at the molecular level of internal organs and living tissue, making it easy for early diagnosis of diseases.

The non-invasive diagnostic procedure lets doctors identify a lesion much sooner than any other diagnostic tool. While PET takes 15 minutes for a full-body scan - detecting minute changes in metabolism caused by the growth of abnormal cells - CT zeroes in on the exact size, shape and location of diseased tissue.

The marriage of PET and CT technologies in the biograph molecular imager results in a precision imaging system.

It has wide-ranging usages in oncology, neurology and cardiology.

Dr Reddy said that the group expects a good number of registrations from abroad, thanks to the cheaper service and accessible location.

The hospital would charge $500 for the service.

Dr Hariprasad, Vice-President of Apollo (Medical), said that the hospital was confident of break-even (for the facility) in the next two years.

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