Bergen Health and Haukeland University Hospital have built a new Centre for Nuclear Medicine/PET with an associated Polyclinic and patient ward. The building is placed in the hospital park and has therefore been given the name “Parkbygget”, which in Norwegian means Park Building.
The PET centre is the second of its type in Norway. This facility contains state of the art equipment that among other things gives the possibility of the production of radioactive compounds, diagnosis and advanced medical research. This new facility gives one the possibility of far better diagnosis and follow-up of cancer patients.
Radioactive compounds are produced using a Cyclotron that is placed underground behind a 2 metre thick concrete wall. Radio pharmaceuticals are created in Parkbygget’s advanced laboratories using the compounds obtained from this Cyclotron. These pharmaceuticals are injected into patients as part of cancer treatment. The PET/CT scanner is used for patient examinations. This machine gives unique images of the eventual accumulation of radioactivity in overactive cells, for example, in cancer cells and precisely where these concentrations are localised.
The laboratories have a “clean room” requirement specifying set values for among other things, air cleanliness (particles per m3), constant air pressure and monitoring of radiation levels. The construction of the “clean room” was a special challenge where we were given technical assistance from Benedickte Rosling Winter in Rambøll Denmark.