DeCode donates scanner worth millions to Icelandic state

Icelandic genomics company DeCode Genetics has donated a positron scanner to the National University Hospital and the scanner was presented to the Minister of Health today at DeCode's headquarters. 

A positron scanner costs around ISK 800 million. A statement from DeCode genetics says that the Icelandic health care system has suffered from cuts for a while and is badly equipped. One of the much needed pieces of technical equipment is such a scanner,  a key factor in treating cancer patients. This year, 200 cancer patients will have been sent to Copenhagen for such a scan. A positron scanner is also very important to the diagnosis of the Alzheimer's disease and for various organ research. 


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