The Pulse: New Center to Combat Cancer in the Kingdom
According to the World Health Organization, Saudi Arabia has experienced an “alarming increase” in chronic diseases such as cancer. Another study predicts that by 2020 cancer cases will rise more than 5-fold from their 2004 levels.
One project that will help address this growing demand for oncology services is the Wadi Jeddah Co. – Molecular Imaging Center (I-one) being developed by the Wadi Jeddah investment company in partnership with GE Healthcare. Located at the King Abdul Aziz University Hospital campus in Jeddah, the center has been designed to simplify patient flow through the diagnostic process, thereby enabling patients to receive same-day diagnoses.
Patients will enjoy prompt and efficient care at the facility that was designed by GE Healthcare’s Hospital & Healthcare Solutions group and Wadi Jeddah.
The center will house the first cyclotron in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia, and its main focus will be to manufacture and supply medical-grade radioactive isotopes to surrounding hospitals with nuclear medicine and molecular imaging capabilities.
The equipment at the heart of this cutting-edge center, scheduled to open in 2015, includes the diagnostic Discovery PET/CT 610 scanner and the radio-pharmaceutical facility, which includes a GE PetTrace 880 Cyclotron, a GE FASTlab, PET tracer cassettes, hot cells, radiation protection, laboratory equipment and other accessories. GE Healthcare also will provide all relevant maintenance services.
Healthcare is evolving in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) as the medical needs change, requiring the latest technologies and quality of care. GE is helping realize this evolution, examples of which are profiled in “The Pulse” posts on Hewar. For more on GE Healthcare in MENAT, click here, and for more on GE in Saudi Arabia, click here.