SRINAGAR: Even after the much-awaited installation of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan machine at SKIMS Soura, doctors and patients are still waiting for its inauguration, for which no date has been given yet.
The PET scan helps in detection of cancer, heart problems and nervous disorders. The hospital administration expects around 300 patients to undergo scans every month.
With no facility of PET scan in Kashmir available so far, cancer patients have to travel outside to get the tests done.
Dr Mohammad Maqbool Lone, Head of Radiation Oncology, SKIMS, told Kashmir Reader that the machine will be operational within one or two months.
“We are conducting quality assurance test and within one or two months the machine will be made available for patients. We are waiting for approval of the higher-ups,” Dr Lone said.
Nazir Ahmad Khan, a doctor at SKIMS, said that PET-Scan allows doctors to diagnose cancer at every stage of the disease and also assess the intensity of the disease at various stages.
“Doctors of the hospital advice only couple of patients to go for the test after looking at their financial condition — whether or not they will be able to afford travel and test charges,” he said.
The operation of PET-Scan device will allow people to go for the test for around 10,000 rupees. “We are expecting around 50 patients who will go through the test every week,” Khan said.
Despite repeated phone calls, Director SKIMS Prof AG Ahanger could not be reached for his comments.