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Minister scans new scanner facility

25 November 2009

Inspecting progress inside the scanner room are (left to right) Mr David McGee, Head of Asset and Capital Management, Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, Dr John Rees, Mrs Edwina Hart, Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of the Medical School, Cardiff University and Mr David Francis, Chairman of the Local Health Board.

Welsh Assembly Government Health Minister Edwina Hart AM, has been updated on the University’s new PET scanner, which will offer a unique new facility for Wales.

As part of a wider tour organised by the University’s partners at Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, Mrs Hart was taken round the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Centre, presently under construction on the Heath Park Campus.

A joint project between the University and the NHS, the PET scanner will offer patients scanning facilities not currently available in Wales, and support research into biological processes and structures. This will help our understanding of cancers, brain and heart diseases and many other disorders.

Mrs Hart was shown the room where the scanner will be housed, the adjoining control room and the patient facilities. Dr John Rees, the Centre’s Clinical Director, explained the use of the new scanner, which will be only the third of its kind to operate in the UK.

Mrs Hart said: "It is vital patients have access to this leading technology in Wales. It will help identify the early stages of major diseases like cancer. The PET scanner will also be used to carry out research so we can learn more about these diseases and further develop treatments."

The total cost of the scheme is £16.5m, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. It is the most technically complex development ever undertaken at the site. It also forms part of the University’s "Campus Horizons" project of creating the most modern high-tech facilities across its entire estate.

For more information about PET, see the website at