75-minute cancer diagnosis at Renasterea medical centre

The laboratory, a first in Romania, is equipped with automated equipment that rules human error out.

The laboratory opened at Bucharest’s Renasterea Medical Centre Wednesday will determine the types of malignant cells, and implicitly diagnose the type of cancer in just 75 minutes, from the eight days it currently takes to put such diagnosis. The laboratory, a first in Romania, is equipped with automated equipment that rules human error out. The tests and slides are read using a Zeiss digital microscope that allows remote imaging. A “Renasterea” Foundation project, the centre is made up of eight medical offices – echography, oncology, nutrition, psychological counselling, and a laboratory of   anatomic pathology, cytology and immu­no­his­to­che­mistry. The “Renaste­rea” Cen­tre also has a latest-generation lowest-radiation mammography apparatus that gives patients a high degree of protection. Wo­men who suspect having mammary cancer can be examined and have the disease detected in its early stages, which is of essence in a successful treatment against the disease. At “Renas­te­rea”, patients can also get a second medical opinion, given the centre cooperates with Prof. Cristoph Zielniski of AKH Vienna and the Anadolu Medical Centre in Istanbul, affiliated to the US-based Johns Hopkins Hospital. The “Renas­terea” project was possible thanks to funding from Norway, Iceland and Liechten­stein, over 84.4 per cent, with the remainder being supplied from co-funding. Accor­ding to Mihaela Geoa­na, president of the “Re­nas­terea” Foun­dation, the centre has a strong social component, given the medical services are offered free of charge throughout the project, with indigent patients diagnosed with the disease to also benefit from free access to medical services after the project is completed.

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