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Cancer: Tomography

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the impact of lymphoma services of the £20 million extra capital investment to build new PET-CT facilities announced on 12 October 2005; (142977)

(2) how many PET-CT scanning facilities were available for lymphoma patients in each year since 2004; and where they were located.

The Department does not routinely collect data on the, number, location and clinical use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning and therefore cannot make an assessment of the additional funding made available for lymphoma patients.

However, ‘The National Framework for the Development of PET-CT Services in England’ published in 2005 estimated that 15,000 scans were needed for diagnosis and treatment of patients with lymphoma. A National Audit database is currently being developed by the United Kingdom PET-CT Advisory Board. In the future, this database will help to monitor the number of scans recommended against estimates of needs for conditions such as lymphoma.

Annex C (pages 24-27) of the national framework identifies the PET-CT facilities in England in 2005. A copy of the national framework is available in the Library. In addition, the National Clinical Research Institute (NCRI) also published A ‘Framework for PET Research in the UK’ in March 2007 and Appendix IX of this report identified the location of current facilities for PET scanning within the national health service only. This report can be found on NCRI’s website at