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CP teaches youth of the importance of blood donations

Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit is joined on stage at the seminar by CP executives, teachers and Chiang Red Cross volunteers.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The program “Do good, Do Easy, Donate Blood” led by Charoen Pokphand (CP) was launched in Chiang Mai on June 9, 2014 by Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit as part of an educational campaign by the giant company to make youth aware of the importance of donating blood. In addition to blood donations, the project teaches CPR and First Aid techniques.
The project was initiated in 2000 and has seen educational seminars at. 2,058 secondary education institutions, vocational education and commercial education institutions and 15,638 teachers and students attend. This project supports role of youth in donating blood and encourages schools to start blood donor drives.

 


CMU Center for Medical Excellence has first PET/CT center in Thailand

The Center for Medical Excellence at the Faculty of Medicine of Chiang Mai University is the first in Thailand to offer PET/CT scans and cyclotron scans to diagnose cancer more accurately and earlier.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai is home to Thailand’s first PET/CT & Cyclotron center at the Center for Medical Excellence at the Faculty of Medicine of Chiang Mai University, a huge step forward for the facility in diagnosing cancer.
The technology enables doctors and medical personnel to see a much higher rate of accuracy in diagnosing cancer, as high as 90%. As the first facility in Thailand to offer such technology the Center, which first obtained the technology in January, spent some months carrying out tests, and learning how to use the system to its fullest capacity.
Chaiwat Bumroongkit, executive director of Center for Medical Excellence said that every process had to pass the radiation safety test following the law from the Office of Atoms for Peace. This ensures that patients get the best services including standard Radiopharmaceuticals from the Food and Drug Administration’s hospital and effective drugs which pass Department of Medical Sciences test. In addition, all of the officers were trained in IAEA’s National Technical Cooperation Project and were also trained about Cyclotron technology and Radiopharmaceutical production by Professor Jun Hatazawa, Osaka University from Japan.
PET/CT scan or Positron emission tomography–computed tomography is a nuclear medicine diagnostic technique which uses both PET and CT scans in a single system or one scanner. PET scans are used to find the disease track or a suspicious change of metabolism processes by using tomography, while a CT will find the clear position of cancer by using the same tomography technique.
The Center for Medical Excellence is now using the PET/CT and Cyclotron Center to scan bone, thyroid, parathyroid and whole body scans. The center is open from Mon – Fri from 08:30 to 17:00 at the first floor, Chalerm Phrakiat Building, Center for Medical Excellence, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University.


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CP teaches youth of the importance of blood donations

CMU Center for Medical Excellence has first PET/CT center in Thailand