Health & Wellbeing
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.
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
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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