Main entrance to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.
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Sheba Medical Center will build a 2,000-square-meter, three-story diagnostic and research center for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases including heart disease, cancers, strokes and Alzheimer’s.
The entire basement floor will be dedicated to housing a cyclotron reactor for producing small quantities of nuclear isotopes for use in molecular imaging. These nuclear isotopes are used for safe and painless two-and-three-dimensional imaging techniques that detect cellular changes within the body. The detection of these cellular changes will allow medical professionals to offer a personalized approach to diagnosis and therapy through earlier diagnosis and assessment of treatment efficacy, Sheba said.
The dedicated cyclotron will allow Sheba doctors to expand its clinical and research work through on-site production of nuclear isotopes that are too short-lived to be transported from outside the camps.
The $20 million cost is being funded by businessman and philanthropist Roman Abramovich, who has already donated a total of $57m. to various Sheba projects.
Sheba director-general Prof. Yitshak Kreiss said that “thanks to this generous donation, we will be able to further our research in the field of nuclear imaging which will enhance our ability to make early diagnoses and offer a personalized medicine approach to our patients.”