YEREVAN, June 2, /ARKA/. The Armenian cyclotron for the synthesis of radioisotopes is likely to open this autumn at Yerevan-based Institute of Physics, economy minister Karen Chshmarityan said today at a parliament discussion on 2013 budget performance.
The cyclotron is part of a project to establish a state-of-the-art oncology treatment center in Armenia’s capital in co-operation with the Global Medical Solutions. The center will comprise three cutting-edge units: a laboratory hosting a cyclotron for the synthesis of radioisotopes, a diagnostic center with a non-prototype modern PET scanner to detect tumors in an embryonic state and, finally, a clinic to provide the isotope-based treatment of diseases.
Enabling the early detection of tumors, the center will help reduce the number of fatalities and promote the development of nuclear medicine in Armenia. Patients will have the possibility of choosing specific methods of treatment.
The center will be managed by the Global Medical Solutions which has wide international experience in this field and runs similar centers in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. This €35mn-worth project is implemented through the public-private partnership principle.
According to statistics, about 2,700 Armenian citizens get various disabilities caused by malignant tumors leading to 75 million dram economic loss annually. This figure may double from year to year, should the disease keep growing at its current pace. About 235 cases are diagnosed a year.
According to official estimates, around 600 Armenian citizens with various tumors travel abroad each year to get treatment; however, the real number is much greater.
The cost of a treatment in Armenia is expected to be $1000. The cost of diagnosis will be $150-$200. ($1 –413.28 drams). -0-