28  March 2022

Queensland’s sickest kids now have faster and safer access to the best available care thanks to a new $5million digital positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) service at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

The state-of-the-art equipment, made possible by a $5million investment by the Queensland Government and Children’s Hospital Foundation, will benefit more than 200 children and young people each year.

The Queensland Children’s Hospital is the first paediatric hospital in Australia to offer the digital PET-CT technology, which provides high-quality images and measurements that show how tissues and organs are functioning.

It is commonly used for diagnosing and treating kids with cancers, epilepsy, and some inflammatory and infectious diseases.

Previously, sick kids who needed this type of advanced imaging had to be transferred via ambulance from the Queensland Children’s Hospital to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Frank Tracey said the launch of the digital PET-CT service had enhanced the hospital’s capacity to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time for children and young people who need it most.

“Being able to offer this specialist paediatric service in the Queensland Children’s Hospital means children and young people can have a PET-CT scan quickly and easily, without having to leave the safety of the hospital.

“It also reduces the overall procedure time by up to 6.5 hours for some patients, delivering a better and safer experience overall for children, their families and the clinicians caring for them.”

The digital PET-CT technology delivers higher quality, more accurate imaging, with faster scan times and less exposure to radiation as part of a patient’s diagnosis and treatment. Faster scan times also shorten the duration of the procedure, reducing the need for anaesthetic.

Learn more about having a PET-CT scan.