The first integrated center of nuclear medicine in the Romanian public healthcare system will be commissioned at the “Carol Davila” Military Hospital in Bucharest next year. The center will track down cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography or SPECT and Positron Emission Tomography or PET scans, the the two most common imaging modalities in nuclear medicine, will be also available in the upcoming center based at the Military Hospital.
While SPECT is a 3D tomographic technique that uses gamma camera data from many projections and can be reconstructed in different planes, PET uses coincidence detection to image functional processes. They are devices working based on radioactive isotopes, meant to detect cancer diseases, but recently also cardiovascular affections. “When the center becomes operational, it will be the first such center in a public hospital addressing large audiences,” said the commander of the Military Hospital, Florentina Ioniţă Radu.