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Jul 29 2005

B.C.'s first publicly funded PET/CT scanner has opened at the B.C. Cancer Agency in Vancouver.

The scanner will serve patients from across the province.

During the start-up phase, BCCA is using the technology for patients with non-small cell lung cancer and lymphoma.

As the clinical and operational capacity grows, the agency will review the types of eligible patients.

The PET (positron emission tomography) system is a whole-body imaging technique. When combined with computed tomography (CT), it allows doctors to more accurately diagnose and manage disease, particularly cancer.

"B.C. has some of the best cancer outcomes in Canada, and this facility will further enhance that success," Health Minister George Abbott said.

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