Another super speciality hospital for Chennai

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Chennai, Jul 21 (UNI) At a time when a major fillip was being given to the development of medical tourism, yet another super speciality hospital has come into being in this burgeoning metropolis.

Global Hospitals and Health City, situated at suburban Perumbakkam, has already started screening patients for various ailments, though a ceremonial and official launch would take place in the next six to eight weeks.

At a pre-launch press meet here today, Dr Sumathi and Dr Ramakrishna of the Hospital said as a first step towards the launch of several multi-speciality equipment, India's first advanced diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine facility -- the 64-slice Positron Emission Tomography (PET)-CT scanner -- was set up in the hospital at Rs seven crore.

The hospital would invest another Rs 16 crore for its support systems.

They said there had been a tremendous growth in the field of medicine as the focus was shifting from curative to preventive strategies.

''One of the latest in diagnostics is Molecular Imaging, a branch of nuclear medicine, which provides physiological information of the body at molecular level before any morphological alteration takes place,'' they added.

PET-CT was a well established diagnostic tool for cancer assessment, they said and added that the hospital would serve as a multi-speciality healthcare provider in the country.

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