Ahmedabad: The state government has taken an in-principle decision to allocate 70 crore rupees to start the cyclotron project at The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute. Apart from this decision, some important decisions regarding health services were also taken in a high-level meeting of the health department chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and in the presence of Health Minister Rishikesh Patel.
The initiation of this project at the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute will enable the availability of radioactive material on demand with high production capacity. Not only this, the per-patient examination will also cost less. 1000 square meters of space required for this cyclotron project and its associated system, 1000 square meters of space will be required for construction of cyclotron bunker and construction of five-storey utility building including basement. Manoj Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, presented the entire project before Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. The Cyclotron for Nuclear Medicine project will be completed in approximately two years. In the present situation, due to lack of own cyclotron of nuclear medicine department in the institute, only about 4 thousand patients are benefited every year. Some molecules exist for only a few minutes. Any such investigation is not possible in this institute at present, but due to the availability of machines under the cyclotron project, any investigation can be done whenever it needs to be done.
The Department of Nuclear Medicine in The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute has been functioning for more than 28 years and the cyclotron project will now be operationalized in this department with the help of the state government. With the start of this new project, four times the current situation i.e. 16 thousand patients per year can be benefited from examination and treatment.
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