PREPARATIONS are on track so that by 2019 Torrecardenas hospital will have new cutting-edge technology that will enable it to provide high quality cancer treatment services.
At the moment, around 1,000 patients in Almeria have to go to the Virgen de las Nieves hospital in Granada to undergo diagnostic tests.
The hospital has state-of-the-art PET-TAC equipment that proves a hybrid of Computerised Tomography (CT) Positron Emission tomography (PET) scanning.
The technology has revolutionised cancer treatment and the Minister of Health of the Junta de Andalucia, Marina Alvarez Benito, has announced that Torrecardenas hospital will be receiving its own €1.2 million PET-TAC machine.
It is an investment that has been approved by the Junta and is part of its Comprehensive Oncology Plan.
There are currently five PET-CT fitted hospitals in Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz, and Malaga.
The new scanning equipment for Torrecardenas hospital has been funded jointly by the Junta de Andalucia and the Amancio Ortega Foundation, and they are also financing a software update of the old equipment.
It will transform the hospital’s ability to diagnose both new cases of cancer and later reappearances of it.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, Torrecardenas hospital has seen an increase in oncology cases by 3.7 per cent during the first half of 2018.
Health professionals have carried out more than 23,500 oncological consultations, 11,777 radiotherapy treatments and 5,602 chemotherapy treatments.
Alongside the new cutting-edge scanner, the hospital will also be improving other oncology facilities, as well as communication systems between departments.