The capacity to use nuclear medicine for cancer diagnosis in Asuncion is limited by a lack of qualified professionals, equipment, maintenance protocols and supplies in the public health system.
To increase the access to and quality of nuclear medicine services in the public sector, especially for oncology patients.
By creating an interdisciplinary team of national experts to develop evidence-based, resource-stratified documents, reflecting the needs of the city, and by consulting with international experts to review documents and provide recommendations and advice regarding the project. These activities were developed in collaboration with the IAEA.
This was the first time we had created an interdisciplinary team and worked with IAEA trained experts to complete an analysis over Asuncion’s nuclear medicine provision in the public sector. It addressed most of the shortcomings and includes recommendations to improve cancer diagnosis.