President of Bolivia inaugurates Nuclear Medicine Center

Built through an investment of more than 50 million dollars, the modern infrastructure is located in the Santa Cruz area known as Pampa de la Isla and will be equipped with modern means of diagnosis and treatment.

To fulfill the first function, the Nuclear Medicine area will have two state-of-the-art equipment: a positron emission tomography (PET/CT) and a single photon emission tomography (Spect/CT).

The former makes it possible to accurately detect the location of a tumor in the human body, and the latter makes it easier to identify and monitor bone, heart, and brain disorders.

Additionally, the modern health institution will have three areas for the treatment of oncological diseases, one for external radiotherapy, with two linear accelerators, duplication that will avoid stopping the service when one of the equipment requires maintenance.

High dose rate brachytherapy based on cobalt 60 as an irradiation source has an advanced technology that reduces cervical cancer treatment from 72 continuous hours to less than one.

In the area of ​​Chemotherapy, oncologists have the conditions to carry out all the combinations of drugs and antibodies required in the search for the greatest effectiveness in combating the disease, it was reported.

According to the executive director of the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency, Hortensia Jiménez, this new center has the capacity to serve up to 120 people daily and will start operating with a multidisciplinary team made up of 40 doctors, physicists, engineers and technologists.

Another benefit for Bolivians is the free provision of all these services through the Unified Health System, established during the mandate of former President Evo Morales.

The spokeswoman for the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer of Santa Cruz, Carmen Velásquez, praised in statements to Bolivia TV the delivery of the center.

He commented that it will facilitate free access to research and therapies with highly advanced technological means that in other times were very expensive.

The new institution was built and equipped by the Argentine corporation Invap SE, which enjoys international recognition in the development of technologies in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, especially in the field of medicine.

The Plurinational State of Bolivia promotes a network of this type in the city of El Alto, in Santa Cruz and in La Paz.

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