The first PET/MR camera in Umeå is formally introduced

The first PET/MR camera is now being introduced at the Cancer Centre at the University Hospital of Umeå. This marks an important addition to the testing environment and provides new opportunities for developing personalised cancer treatment.

– Saying thank you feels almost inadequate for such a generous, strategic gift, said County Council Director Anders Sylvan when introducing the new PET/MR camera.

He shared the responsibility for cutting the ribbon with an excited Roger Henriksson, head of the Norrland Cancer Research Fund who had donated the equipment, Karin and Krister Olsson also gave SEK 15 million to improve the cancer treatment expertise.

Personalised cancer treatment

– The generous donation and contributions that were made in connection with it gives us a unique chance to provide personalised and more precise tumour treatment. As the equipment is brand new on the market, it can be combined with good projects to allow the University Hospital of Umeå to be at the forefront of research, says Anders Sylvan.

Reinforces the testing environment

The examination room’s walls shift in colour as the camera operates and bathes it in turquoise, pink, green and yellow light.

– Us radiophycisists are childishly enamoured with these things, Professor Mikael Karlsson notes contentedly and says that the new equipment will play an important role.

He is both the head of the Umeå node of the Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy and a driving force behind the Gentle Radiotherapy project.

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