San Juan hos­pi­tal re­ceives life sav­ing do­na­tion

The Aman­cio Ortega foun­da­tion de­liv­ers a new MRI and pledges two lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tors to the on­col­ogy depart­ment

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By Shel­ley Lid­dell SAN JUAN pub­lic hos­pi­tal has taken pos­ses­sion of its new mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing ma­chine, do­nated by phi­lan­thropist Aman­cio Ortega’s foun­da­tion.

Aman­cio Ortega is bet­ter known for be­ing the head of depart­ment store em­pire In­di­tex, spear­headed by Zara, and in­clud­ing such well-known brands as Mas­simo Dutta, Pull and Bear and Stradi­var­ius.

Dur­ing 2017, Sr. Ortega’s foun­da­tion do­nated a whop­ping €320m to the pub­lic health ser­vice to be used to fight can­cer by pur­chas­ing the lat­est gen­er­a­tion med­i­cal di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing equip­ment.

The 1.5 Testla high-field MRI ma­chine for San Juan cost €720,000 and will en­ter into ser­vice once tech­ni­cians have com­pleted their train­ing in how to use it.

The hos­pi­tal al­ready has an­other MRI; which for years, along with one at Dr Pe­set hos­pi­tal in Va­len­cia, were the only two of these ma­chines avail­able at pub­lic hos­pi­tals in the whole re­gion.

Many of the new MRIs ap­pli­ca­tions are for di­ag­nos­ing tu­mours and eval­u­at­ing their growth, ex­plained head of di­ag­nos­tic ra­di­ol­ogy Juan Galant. It will be able to scan around 6,000 pa­tients a year.

The ap­pli­ca­tions also in­clude whole body stud­ies, ob­jec­tive quan­tifi­ca­tion of in­juries, car­diac ap­pli­ca­tions, and stud­ies of the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, ab­domen (such as prostate, liver and in­testines) and breasts.

The evo­lu­tion of MRI tech­niques has been re­mark­able in re­cent years, with in­creas­ing fo­cus on mak­ing on­co­log­i­cal stud­ies of the whole body with molec­u­lar imag­ing, in com­par­i­son to the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tions that fo­cused pri­mar­ily on the mus­cu­loskele­tal and cen­tral ner­vous sys­tems. The Aman­cio Ortega foun­da­tion is also fi­nanc­ing the ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion of the Ra­dio­phar­macy Unit clean room in the nu­clear medicine depart­ment.

This will en­able prepa­ra­tion of ra­dio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals or ra­dioac­tive iso­topes in the hos­pi­tal it­self. The work, which has in­volved an in­vest­ment of close to €390,000 eu­ros, is cur­rently un­der­way and will be com­pleted by the end of the year.

The foun­da­tion will also pro­vide the Sant Joan hos­pi­tal with two lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tors for the on­col­ogy ra­di­a­tion unit, worth €4.8m. Work on the dou­ble bunkers to house them is ex­pected to be­gin in Fe­bru­ary 2019 and it is hoped the first one will be in­stalled and op­er­a­tional by the end of the year.

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