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Macedonia to get first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center

October 02
10:30 2013

Skopje, 2 October 2013 (MIA) - Macedonia is getting its first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center, which is to be located within the Skopje City Hospital '8 September'.

The Ministry of Health and the company that submitted the most acceptable bid in the international tender for construction, Strabag AG Austria, signed Wednesday an agreement on construction of the PET Center.

Strabag is one of Europe's leading construction groups. It has over 70,000 employees and in 2012 provided construction services to an estimated value of EUR 14bn.

The total value of the contract is MKD 381.14 million (about EUR 6.19m), provided by the Macedonia's budget.

"Positron emission tomography is a nuclear medical visual technique that provides three dimensional display and mapping of the functional processes in a body. Also, it is a new step in the evaluation of functional and malignant metabolic changes in the body of patients, and is used in the field of oncology, hematology, cardiology and neurology, and more recently in children pathology and unknown origin infections," Minister of Health Nikola Todorov said at the contract signing ceremony.

The PET Center equipping will be conducted in two stages. The cyclotron and PET – CT camera have been ordered already and are to be delivered in mid-2014. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the world's center of cooperation in the nuclear field, will be engaged in completing of one production lab.

IAEA representative Stefano Boschi said that he would monitor the center's construction and train its future staff. lk/16:28