Positron tomography of breast cancer in a community hospital: A case study of advanced disease using a coincidence gamma camera

Document Type: Case Report


Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver BC, Canada and University of Washington, Seatle, USA


Until recently PET scanning has been available only at major universities or teaching hospitals possessing the necessary resources and expertise to operate a research PET facility. Most dedicated PET centers cost several millions of dollars, and include a cyclotron, a radiochemistry laboratory to synthesize PET radiopharmaceuticals, a multicrystal dedicated PET camera, advanced computer facilities and a staff of many researchers, radiochemists, physicists, computer programmers, physicians and technologists. Because of the extensive staff requirements, operating costs have also been in the millions of dollars, and as a result, Canada has only a handful of PET centers.

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