Cancer and heart diagnosis centre for Latvia

 

Construction of the most modern cancer and heart diagnostic centre in the Baltic region has begun.

The Nuclear Medicine Centre in Riga, Latvia will provide very accurate diagnosis of cancer and heart diseases at an early stage of their development, as it will use the most advanced nuclear medicine technology available. Investors in the 10 million euro project include Norvik Bank, the European Regional Development Fund, and Rīga Stradiņs University.

The centre will use short-lived (15 to 110 minutes) radionuclides in diagnosis. The patient will be examined using positron emission tomography (PET) combined with computer tomography. The result is a more accurate test result, as the disease can be identified in its early stages, also allowing for a scan of the patient’s entire body, rather than an individual part.

Fees are predicted to be 30% to 40% less than at a similar clinic in Finland, when it opens in January 2016. Initially, it will be able to deal with 3,000 patients a year and will focus on both Latvian and foreign patients.

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