Cancer treatment: the Pau hospital is equipped with a second state-of-the-art PET Scan

Cancer treatment: the Pau hospital is equipped with a second state-of-the-art PET Scan
Cancer treatment: the Pau hospital is equipped with a second state-of-the-art PET Scan

State-of-the-art equipment which represents an investment of more than €3 million and will soon be doubled, since the first in the hospital center – from an earlier generation – will be replaced in August by a similar one.

Enough to reduce patient waiting times. But also to confirm the success of interregional cooperation.

For 7 years, the hospital, the Molecular and Functional Imaging Center (CIMOF) of Toulouse and the Tarbes-Lourdes hospital center have formed a health cooperation group (the GCS Pyrénées TEP): doctors from the three establishments come to exploit shared way the Pau PET Scan.

A public/private partnership which in 2020 was considering equipping itself with a second. A necessity as demand for exams increases. In 2023, activity reached a ceiling of 28 patients/day, or 7,000 PET Scans over the year. 62% of patients come from the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 29% from the Hautes Pyrénées and 9% from neighboring departments (Gers, Landes, etc.).


The hospital’s nuclear medicine department is working on this project with the Tarbes-Lourdes hospital and the Cimof of Toulouse.

Marc Zirnheld

The ARS authorizes in 2022 the arrival of a second device which will not find its place in Tarbes-Lourdes, but in Pau where the Hauterive center is carrying out extension work of 241 m² to welcome him.

Cooperation and co-development

The chairman of the supervisory board of CH Bigourdan, the mayor of Lourdes, Thierry Lavit, delighted with this “optimal care” also synonymous with “substantial savings”, welcomes this example of “cooperation and co-development” which he would like see elsewhere than in health, citing transport. “It is not a question of being under the influence of Pau, but we work together, linked by a community of destiny, that of the Pyrenees”, hoping that one day the CH of 65 will also have its Tep Scan.

His Pau counterpart François Bayrou also speaks of “the same territory” and the importance of “pooling to develop services which would not otherwise exist”, evoking “the airport, the university, the train and perhaps be other sectors, industry, research, community life…”

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