The government has banned publicly sponsored patients from travelling outside the country for cancer diagnosis using PET scans
Amyloid PET scans
accurately detect amyloid plaques one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's Disease and are used in the work up and management of people with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer's Disease and other causes of cognitive decline.
The machine is also deemed fairly cheaper than the India option where the patient incurs visa fees, an airline ticket costing up to Sh130,000 and Sh60,000 for the scan.EASIER OPTIONFor those diagnosed using the PET scan
, it is a far easier option than having to undergo different often inconclusive testsFor civil servants, who are fully covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund, the insurer agrees to pay for treatment only if that service is not available locally, which makes it possible for patients under their cover to travel to India.
The scientists then analyzed PET scans
of the brains of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's patients.
However, the high costs of PET scans
and uncertainties about their role in dementia assessment are among the many issues taken into account when considering the use of this powerful brain imaging technique.
Many problems remain with CT and MRI; hence for detection of disease at a very early stage, PET scan
has been installed at NMI for better diagnosis.
Medicare does not yet cover the amyloid PET scan
, but some private insurance may pay part of the costs.
Researchers from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that by administering a PET scan
to individuals with soft-tissue sarcomas after just a single cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, they can predict increased survival in these patients.
The PET scan
can show positive results 5-10 years before Alzheimer's symptoms appear, which poses a multilayered dilemma for clinicians, said Dr.
A PET scan
shows up cancers, and can even tell how aggressive the disease is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.
On December 1, 2008, Christina Rousseau went to MD Imaging, in Poughkeepsie, New York to undergo a PET scan
and a CAT scan.