Oncology centre to open at Bahrain’s King Hamad hospital

King Hamad University Hospital signed a $1.4m deal with Siemens for the purchase of a PET-CT scanner and a gamma camera

An oncology centre is being developed at King Hamad University Hospital [image: KHUH].
An oncology centre is being developed at King Hamad University Hospital [image: KHUH].

King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) will soon host an oncology centre designed to treat patients suffering from cancer and sickle cell anaemia, a KHUH representative has revealed.

According to Dr Shaikh Salman bin Ateyatalla Al Khalifa, commander lieutenant-general at KHUH, the centre will be “modern and specialised”, and will offer treatment services for hereditary diseases, in addition to conducting bone marrow transplants.

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"KHUH signed an agreement with Siemens to purchase the PET-CT (positron emission tomography–computed tomography) and the gamma camera in a deal costing $1.4m (BHD520,000), through its agent in Bahrain, Wael Pharmacy," said Dr. Shaikh Salman.

The PET-CET and gamma camera equipment will add value to the molecular medical department at the oncology centre, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported, quoting Al Khalifa.

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The PET-CET scanner can reportedly detect small tumours (2mm diameter), provide accurate results in diagnosis, and contribute to early detection of cancer.

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