Providing accurate health information before, during and after treatment allows for the prevention of illness or for the most effective therapeutic intervention. Fast technological developments require large continuous investments by the healthcare authorities. Lack of sufficient budgets opens the possibility for private investments in public healthcare. Affidea's diagnostic arm, Affidea Diagnostics, has developed dozens of multimodality imaging diagnostic centers, in some cases together with Nuclear Medicine units, located mostly within public sector hospitals. As a result, patients receive efficient service almost around the clock.
Most diagnostic centers are tightly integrated within a hospital, forming a unique working bond with public sector clinical teams. Centers are fitted with the most sophisticated equipment, which is fully supported and regularly upgraded by Affidea. The ultra-modern and comfortable work environments mean that Affidea can attract the most committed medical staff, ensuring the best public service at all times.
The diagnostics centers perform more than three million radiological high-end investigations annually.
Centers are equipped with the latest radiological modality equipment. A center can include all, or part, of the following medical equipment, as well as other modalities according to the local customer needs:
|Positron Emission Tomography (PET)||The latest technology of oncological and neurological scanning, providing superior image quality of metabolic activity in the shortest possible time.|
|Nuclear Medicine / Gamma Camera||The technology uses radioactive pharmaceuticals to map body organs and produce dynamic data that enables the evaluation of the functioning of these organs.|
|Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)||The most advanced technology for examination of brain, tumours and back injuries. It produces excellent images of soft tissue and vital organs.|
|Computer Tomography (CT)||A non-invasive technology utilising X-ray imaging for rich imagery of internal body organs.|
|Angiography||X-Ray examination of blood vessels.|
|Mammography||Used for early detection of breast malignancies.|
|Ultrasonography||Used for general, intralavitary, gynaecological/obstetric and urological examinations.|
|Echo-Doppler, Ergometry||Used for ultrasonographic studies of the blood circulation and heart function.|
|Holter monitoring||For 24-hour ECG computed monitoring.|
|Bone Densitometry||Dexa equipment to measure the bone mineral content to prevent, and to follow up the treatment of osteoporosis.|
The power of insight
There are huge advantages to developing multi-diagnostic medical centres over the traditional hospital radiological departments:
• They decrease the need for hospitalisation, which is expensive and inconvenient.
• They house the most up-to-date equipment and carry out the most advanced procedures available.
• Treatments are reasonably priced, as the centers are highly efficient and maximise usage of resources.
• They can provide group handling and therefore be most cost-efficient for insurance companies.
• They can provide results directly to the patient and in-house consultant, without competing with the referring physician.
• They provide an independent source for a „second opinion.”
• They are easily accessible with more convenient hours.
• They offer faster service and results.
• They are open to the general public.
• They offer an unhindered service to all physicians.
• They provide professional consultations.