ArmInfo. On November 8, a new European Center for Nuclear Medicine opened in Yerevan in theErebouni Medical Center where diagnostics of many oncological diseases and treatment of thyroid cancer with radioactive iodine will be available. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan attended the opening ceremony of the Center.
As Executive Director of MC Erebuni Mikayel Manukyan noted in a conversation with reporters, the new center meets all international standards. 600 million drams were invested in the construction and equipping of this center: the construction process itself required serious investments. As a result, absolute safety of patients, staff and the environment was ensured. "All the walls of the center are covered with lead - during the construction they spent more than 70 tons of lead," he said. Moreover, according to him, treatment at the Center will be quite affordable.
Isotopes used in the Center are imported from Europe. As Manukyan noted, the center has an exclusive agreement with one of the largest manufacturers of isotopes in Europe. However, it is possible that in the future the Center will also use isotopes of Armenian production if they appear and are of appropriate quality. And modern equipment manufactured by the German SIEMENS company, used at the Center, will detect not only thyroid cancer, but also cardiovascular and bone problems.
The Executive Director of MC Erebuni did not rule out that in the future the range of services of the center will be expanded and modern methods of treating other types of cancer will be introduced.
As head of the Center, radiologist Natalia Shengeliya de Lange noted, the Center is expected to receive about 400 patients with thyroid cancer each year, but can take twice as much.