n SA Journal of Radiology - PET / CT in South Africa : a lost cause? : editorial

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



In the previous issue of the , the Editor-in-chief of the journal expressed serious concerns about the future of positron emission tomography (PET) in South Africa - and not without reason. on 4 September 2008 reported that 'High-tech scan centres look set to sink'. According to this article, South Africas private PET-CT scanning centres are struggling to recoup their multi-million-Rand investments. This is happening in spite of international sentiments expressed regarding the 'unparalleled contribution of F-18 FDG PET to medicine over 3 decades'. PET-CT is battling to establish itself in South Africa, notwithstanding numerous reports confirming the cost-effectiveness of this modality by virtue of obviating unnecessary surgical procedures and ineffective chemotherapy regimens. The question of why this situation has developed in South Africa should be investigated.

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