The Iraqi German Functional Imaging Clinic is expected to begin seeing patients next month, marking the first time patients in Iraq will have access to functional imaging exams at a privately owned facility.
Dr. Ibrahim Al Butaihi, the director of the project and consultant in nuclear medicine at Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam, Netherlands, told HCB News that during the first phase, the clinic will offer studies of the heart, bones, thyroid, and kidney to patients in the Baghdad area.
"Later on there will be more functional studies involving almost all organs of the human body," he said.
Stephan Anderson, the company's owner, said the gamma camera was deinstalled from its previous U.S. location through a partnership with John Zacharczuk of American Allied Imaging, who ensured that all technical aspects of the system were in order.
Staff at the clinic will be trained by a team of experts from the Netherlands.