INMOL Cancer Hospital has launched a state of the art Theranostic services (Gallium-68 generator) for cancer patients, the first such facility in the country and in Asia, says a press release issued by the PAEC-controlled institution. It became operational yesterday.

On the occasion Director INMOL Dr. Abubaker Shahid, Chief Investigator and Project Incharge Dr. Irfan Ullah Khan, German Engineer Bernard Mayer who came to install this setup, Dr. Ahmed Qureshy, Dr. Muhammad Numair, Dr. Arzoo Fatima, Dr. Azra Parveen, Khalid Masood, Afshan Ashfaq, Nouroz Gul, Rizwana Zahoor, Muhammad Khalid and other doctors and scientists were also present.

 The commissioning of Automatic Synthesizer and Gallium-68 generator has been made possible by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

After the installation of the new facility, some patients underwent diagnostic scans for neuroendocrine and prostate cancers using 68Ga-DOTA-NOC and 68Ga-DOTA-PSMA-11 ligands under the supervision of Dr. Irfan Ullah and Dr. Muhammad Numair.  In future, patients will be provided diagnostic services with Gallium-68 imaging and treatment using beta (Leutetium-177, Yittrium-90) and alpha emitter (Actinium-225 and Bismuth-213) radionuclide’s.