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Local medical charity Cobalt launch appeal for the latest technology to diagnose cancer and dementia
Local charity launch appeal for the latest technology to diagnose cancer and dementia.
Local medical charity Cobalt have launched a new appeal to purchase the very latest digital Positron Emission Tomography/Computerised Tomography (PET/CT) scanner, which will support NHS patients throughout the Three Counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Cobalt needs to raise £303,000 to enable the purchase of the new digital PET/CT scanner. It will be one of only six digital scanners in the country. This new scanner will help the diagnostic imaging charity to see 40% more cancer patients as well as enable them to support more research and clinical trials.
PET/CT scans are primarily used to diagnose cancer and to stage (assess the spread) of the disease. This enables planning of the most effective treatment. They can also be used to diagnose some conditions that affect the normal workings of the brain, such as dementia.
Peter Sharpe, Chief Executive, Cobalt said: “We need to invest in the latest equipment to support an early and accurate diagnosis. Diagnostic imaging is an important part of the patient journey and demand is growing. Early diagnosis can help to improve long-term outcomes. Recognising a disease early means that patients can understand how their symptoms will change over time and how these can be treated”.
This sophisticated technology is expensive and the Charity need the help of the public to support the purchase. Supporters can text COBALT 3 to 70085 to donate £3. This costs £3, plus one standard rate message charge. Or call 01242 535922 to donate by phone or for further information on how they can help.
To find out more about Cobalt go to www.cobalthealth.co.uk
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