PET SCAN: Greg Menzies (Chief Technologist), Jane Cameron (Nuclear Medicine Technologist), Dr Jody McIvor (Radiologist).
PET SCAN: Greg Menzies (Chief Technologist), Jane Cameron (Nuclear Medicine Technologist), Dr Jody McIvor (Radiologist). Copyright Right image Photograph

Cancer Council welcomes arrival of life saving scanner

MORE than 1630 people are diagnosed with cancer and about 570 die from the disease in the Wide Bay Burnett each year.

They are just two of the reasons Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan has welcomed the arrival of a new CT/PET scanner in Bundy.

Ms McMillan said the I-Med Radiology's PET scanner at the Friendly Society Private Hospital would be a crucial tool used to help diagnose diseases.

"Providing adequate diagnostic tools and treatment facilities to regional Queenslanders is imperative for cancer control,” she said.

"This will aid with early detection and allow regional patients to be treated closer to home, reducing the emotional, physical and financial burden of cancer on those affected.”

Ms McMillan said many of the 350 cancer deaths attributed each year in Queensland to the "regional divide” could be prevented with improved access to diagnostic tools, education and treatment.



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