This small unit started as part of the Department of Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2003. Subsequently the unit was restructured and repositioned as part of the Dean Office and known as Nuclear Imaging Unit.
In view of increasing need for man power and human capital development as part of the government initiative in improving diagnostic nuclear imaging services for the people, the unit took the initiative in starting the development project. Nuclear Imaging was then announced as a niche area along with the tagline of Research mission of the faculty and university.
In the year 2008, under the 9th Malaysian Plan, the Centre for Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Project obtained its approval from the Malaysian Ministry Of Higher Education. The project started in the following year and took 11 months to complete and commissioned. On 1st of April 2010, the centre started its operation and became the first PET CT equipment installed under the Ministry Of Higher Education for teaching, learning and research development by providing service to the public.
In retrospect, during early phase of development, the unit contributed in various teaching activities in diagnostic imaging programs in other institutions leading to good academic and research networking. The research activities from the unit was partly supported by International partners through financial and non financial assistance including Ospedale Niguarda, Milan, Italy, Oncology Research Foundation, Italy and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Austria. The unit also initiated research collaborations with other local institutions and hospitals.
Today, the unit is ready to provide clinical services in PET / CT by expanding from oncology and introducing new clinical areas of PET / CT in infection, inflammation, cardiology and neurology. Reference have been received from public and private hospitals including university hospitals. In support of the government’s aspiration and in line with the Strategic Plan of Malaysian Ministry Of Higher Education, the centre will spearhead the research and academic development in clinical integrated diagnostic imaging specialization. From 1st October 2010, the unit is officially known as CENTRE FOR DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR IMAGING.
Updated:: 11/01/2021 [wanarlindiana]
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