Malta gets first PET CT

Malta gets first PET CT

Type of works: design, manufacture and installation of radiation shielding for the first PET/CT to be installed in Malta.

Envirotect's Managing Director, Niven Smith, recently attended the opening ceremony of the first PET/CT to be installed in Malta.

The complex task of shielding the suite which includes the scanner room, control room, injection room, hot lab and waiting areas was further complicated by working overseas with different working practices, Health & Safety regulations and local material availability.

Envirotect utilised its unique tiling system to protect the ceiling which allows services to be accessible to hospital engineers when located behind the shielding. By using a flexible approach it was possible to install shielding ranging between 3mm and 30mm to both the walls and ceilings.

The shielded doors are a combination of sliding and standard swing doors with lead thicknesses ranging between 1.8 and 8mm. All doors and frames were manufactured to complement the existing door finishes at the Hospital.

The launch was attended by Joe Cassar, the Health Parliamentary Secretary, who praised the commitment of the private hospital to make such an investment. Also attending were the Head of St James' Hospital, Josie Muscat, who has made this investment possible and Nuclear Medicine Doctor, Mark Anthony Aquilina who says this will greatly improve Cancer treatment on the islands, by not only identifying the required patient treatments but also saving patients from unnecessary, distressing and costly treatments.

The project is the latest in a string of PET/CT scanner projects that have been shielded by Envirotect. The company's Managing Director, Niven Smith, said, "This is a great achievement for the company and puts us on a good footing for the future."

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