Smt. Sheila Dikshit unveils South Asia's first PET SUITE atIndraprasthaApollo Hospitals

Top Quote Shaping the dimensions of the ever evolving and complex healthcare environment in India, Apollo Hospitals, India's leading healthcare provider launchedThe PET SUITE in India. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 20, 2013 - New Delhi - The PET SUITE was launched today at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals byHon'bleChief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikshit.Also present on the occasion were Shri D M Spolia,Chief Secretary-Govt of NCT of Delhi, Hon'ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Ashok Kumar Waliaand Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.

    Pavingthe Way for the Next Generation of Clinical Multimodality Imaging Applications and designed to diagnostically address the complexities of human body, Apollo Hospitals has installed a PET CT and a PET MR, which is first of its kind across South Asia, in the PET-SUITE,signifying a tremendous leap forward in imaging capabilities.

    This unique concept of PET SUITE, consisting of PET-CT and PET-MR, is the only one of its kind facility in the world comprising comprehensive cutting edge technology. PET MRsystem has resulted from the amalgamation of a state of the art whole body 3T MRI scanner and a high end PET system, which has been fully integrated and precisely aligned within the same gantry. This enables us to simultaneously acquire accurate information on morphology, function and metabolism. The significance of this facility gets manifold augmented by the deft handling and interpretive reporting of leading experts in the field.

    The PET-CT facility being equipped with state of the art 427 slice /sec CT scanner, Ultra HDPET with highly specialized 4D respiratory Gating software is a boon for cancer patients as the radiotherapists would be able to deliver highly precise radiation dose, synchronized with patients' breathing pattern.

    Addressing the media, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, "First to bring PET SUITE to South Asia, Apollo Hospitals Group continues to deliver on its promise to bring the most advanced in patient care. It's a tremendous leap forward in imaging capabilities. Our highly trained doctors will now use one of the world's most advanced combination scanners which will give them highly defined, 3-D images, enabling them to make the best choices about treatments across specialties. And since PET MR is a system that can simultaneously acquire data across the whole body, the scanning takes less time thereby reducing the patient discomfort. As MR has no radiation, the PET MR significantly reduces overall radiation dose, making it safer for paediatrics and patients undergoing repeated studies for therapy monitoring".

    The advantages of the PET MR system would be its superior quality images with better soft tissue contrast, leading to better localization and characterization of lesions. Other than its application in cancer, PET MR will play a greater role in understanding various disease processes in cardiology and neurological diseases. Its 'zero' radiation exposure from the machine (unlike CT), making it safe for pediatric case evaluation, reproductive age group women and can be used for disease follow up. PET MR will establish a new understanding of thepreviously unknown interrelation between different measures ofpathology and physiology in human body. With the enhancedability to explore correlations between structure and function,perfusion and metabolism, tissue diffusivity and cell proliferation; PET MR potentiates our ability of gaining new insightsinto the progress of disease, unlocking new paths to treatmentor even opening new areas of research.

    With approximately 3 million people suffering from cancerin India and one million new cases of cancer being detected every year, there is an urgent need for early detection and the right treatment to avoid recurrence. PET-MR helps precisely in thatby providing important information for early detection and staging of cancer, which can be a decisive factor for treatment planning, therapy selection including target therapy and follow up.
    About Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. (AHEL).

    In 1983, Dr Prathap C Reddy, the architect of Indian healthcare, launched the first corporate hospital in India, Apollo Hospitals Chennai. Over the years, Apollo Hospitals Group has grown to become one of Asia's largest integrated healthcare organizations with over 8,500 beds across 50 hospitals, more than 1350 pharmacies and over 100 diagnostic clinics. The Group also offers medical business process outsourcing services, health insurance services and clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research. To develop talent for the burgeoning need of superior healthcare delivery, Apollo Hospitals Group has 11 nursing and hospital management colleges. These achievements have earned Apollo Hospitals Group several accolades, including the Centre of Excellence from the Government of India and recognition from the Joint Commission International (seven of our hospitals are JCI accredited).

    In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a private healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, in 2010. Apollo Hospitals Group, for over 29 years, has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.

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