PET-CT scan can detect cancer

PET-CT scan can detect cancer

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Today is World Cancer Day. Did you even know? Quite possibly not and even so what’s to celebrate? We all connect cancer to the sadness of losing someone dear. But what if it could be a day of reflection and perspective. This will be a way to find some glimpse of hope in all the sadness.

First of all: What is a PET-CT? That is complicated to explain in depth. To say it simply a PET-CT scanner is a clever piece of medical imaging equipment. It is a combination of a positron emission tomography (PET) and a  computer tomography (CT). This gives you unique detail and clarity in your cancer diagnosis.

Combining these scans enables the doctor to make a more precise diagnosis. Even making it possible to diagnose cancer at an earlier stage. And the earlier you can detect cancer, the better are the chances of curing cancer.

Huge differences in PET units per million population

A PET-CT is a great diagnostic tool, but it is also a very heavy investment. On top, it is as costly to operate. You have the service of both a PET- and a CT-ring. You also need to deal with radioactive consumables. As a result, PET-CT is still not available in the same extent outside, what we would often refer to as, “The Western World”. In most developing economies you find between zero and 0.25 PETCT per 1 million capita (as per WHO).

Reasons for this are plentiful: failing infrastructure, lack of educated personnel, lack of knowledge at the referring doctors and financial constraints. It depends on the specific case, but buying a brand new PET-CT scanner would cost you the in the range of EUR 1 to 2 million.

When buying a USED PET-CT your investment would often be in the range of EUR 200.000-300.000 for a 16-slice and EUR 300.000-500.000 for a 64-slice.

Many PET-CT models, but not all, have the brilliant ability to be multi-functional. This means you can use it as either as PET, as CT or as combined PET-CT. As such you can change the usage depending on your day-to-day need. This is particularly interesting if you have a somewhat “normal” need for a CT and a minor need for PET. When choosing a PET-CT you can do your routine operations. At the same time, you have the possibility of PET-CT patients 1-2 days a week.



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All the above is of a technical and financial character. The importance in this context is, that the PET-CT is brilliant when diagnosing cancer. But it is not a possibility for everyone to have access to this type of diagnostic imaging equipment. Making the chances of surviving a cancer diagnosis slimmer in some parts of the world compared to others.

Perhaps in PET-CT more than any other modality you gain a huge advantage when buying pre-owned compared to a new scanner. The reason being the very high entry point on state-of-the-art systems compared to 5-8-year-old systems.

The question is if having the newest functions and gadgets are need-to-have or nice-to-have? If the first, you should look deep into your pockets and buy a new scanner. If the latter, you are welcome to reach out to FlexRay Medical and talk about the possibilities of buying a used system.

Making high quality used PET-CTs available to more people could be a way to make PET-CT diagnostics more available across the World.

Mads Vittrup

CEO & partner

+4528599829 (cell)


FlexRay Medical attends Arab Health 2020

Looking forward to attending Arab Health in January 2020


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What better way to begin the new year and at the same time a new decade than participating in Arab Health. It might be due to the fact that we are based in cold and dark Northern Europe, but arriving in Dubai in late January is always a bliss. 

Arab Health is the largest gathering of healthcare and radiology professionals in the Middle East and North Africa. As such it is an absolute must for a company like FlexRay Medical to attend. It is so because you get a heads up on the new developments in healthcare and radiology. As a bonus, we also welcome the opportunity to get some much-needed rays of sunshine. In northern Europe, the sun is a rare quest this time of the year.

On top of all that, it is a first-class opportunity to meet existing and new customers and clients from the MENA region as the UAE VISA process is a bit more welcoming than that of EU or USA. The calendar is not yet entirely booked and you are more than welcome to reach out to me or Simon and we will find time to meet up. You can also stop by the Japengo Cafe outside Sheikh Saeed Hall. Here you will have a high probability of finding us sitting outside.

Mads Vittrup on cell: +45 2859 9829, also WhatsApp or via email:

Simon Dyrup Nielsen on cell: +45 2627 2879, also WhatsApp or via email:


Arabian nights and magic carpets

These are part of the charm of Dubai. Well, maybe not exactly magical flying carpets but the Arabian nights are very much a thing. I hope to get a bit of time to visit the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. It is 828 meters tall and it definitely feels like you can see most of the World from the top.

Or perhaps just a stroll at the JBR beachfront or marina? Nice views, good food and a comfortable atmosphere make it’s worth the drive if you stay downtown. For me, this has always been a favourite area to enjoy a relaxed evening after a hectic day at the convention centre.



Arab Health Dubai from Burj KhalifaWishing you all a fantastic Arab Health and a great 2020!


Mads Vittrup
CEO & partner
+4528599829 (cell) 


RSNA 2019 is coming

It’s that time of the year again – RSNA!


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The end of the year is getting nearer and one thing is always put in my calendar. The yearly RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) meeting in Chicago. This year will be my 13th time, give or take one year. 🙂 Both Simon Dyrup Nielsen and I will be attending. We are in town from Friday the 29th of November and leaving on Thursday the 5th of December. 

The calendar is not yet fully booked and you are more than welcome to reach out to me or Simon and we will find time to meet up. 

Simon Dyrup Nielsen on cell: +45 2627 2879, also WhatsApp or via email: sdn@flexraymedical.comMads Vittrup on cell: +45 2859 9829, also WhatsApp or via email:

In the mood for steak? We have still got one or two evenings free too. Or take a gamble and simply show up at the bar of The Intercontinental – chances are you will find us there!

With all my years of enjoying the wonderful Windy City, Chicago, I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing the world-famous T-rex Sue at the Field Museum. It is one of the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found. This will be the year where I’ll see Sue!



Not a dinosaur

While Sue is not the only dinosaur fossil in the city, RSNA is definitely not one of them. RSNA has been around for years and remains one of the most important meetings within the field of radiology. So, I can definitely say that the rumours of RSNA’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

The event of the year must – without a doubt – be the IAMERS cocktail party on Monday evening the 1st of December. The cocktail party takes place at the Hotel Intercontinental. We always look forward to this event with great excitement, and this year will be no exception.

This will be my first official arrangement as a member of the board and I really look forward to seeing new and familiar faces there. As the past few years, I’ll be sitting at the check-in counter for the first hour or so – a great way to say “hi” to everybody 🙂

There are only 9 days until we arrive and Simon and I hope to meet you there.

Wishing you all a fantastic RSNA annual meeting!

Mads Vittrup
CEO & partner
+4528599829 (cell) 


FlexRay Medical is back at RSNA
FlexRay Medical is back at RSNA


Düsseldorf noch einmal

FlexRay Medical attends Medica 2019

FlexRay Medical attends Medica in Düsseldorf for the 15th time.


2 min read

The conference runs from November 18.- November 21. 2019. In October Simon Dyrup Nielsen represented FlexRay Medical at the annual DMTS meeting in Vejle, Denmark. This time it is my turn to do all the walking and talking.

As you might know, Medica is a very large convention, and it is almost impossible to get round to everything. When you attend such a large congress it is often an advantage to focus one’s attention. That is why I will make an effort to focus my attention on our European and eastern European contacts. That said if you too are attending Medica in Düsseldorf, and wish to meet up for a quick coffee or for a talk. Please, do not hesitate to contact me


Medica is top in all areas 

Why does FlexRay Medical take part in Medica every year? Well, quite frankly it is because it is the largest event for the medical sector with more than 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries in 17 halls. Medica spans everything within the field of innovations for outpatient and clinical care. If you take yourself seriously in our line of work, you attend. Medica is a unique opportunity to meet practically everyone within only a few days. 


FlexRay Medical attends Medica 2019


With such a vast programme and large venue, the chances that you spontaneously run into the people you want to meet is very slim. So, if you want to meet and not leave it to chance give me a call or text me on WhatsApp.

Every time I visit the ever so lovely city of Düsseldorf and attend Medica I get an excellent opportunity to polish up my German speaking skills. Both at Medica itself, but also later on. “Hoffentlich sehen wir uns an einem Kneipe im Altstadt.” ????

Wishing you all a great Medica annual meeting!

Mads Vittrup
CEO & partner
+4528599829 (cell)


Next stop: Vejle

FlexRay is going to DTMS in Vejle 8th-10th of October 2019

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It seems we have only just returned from IAMERS ‘s 15th annual European meeting in Madrid. But there is no rest for the wicked and it is already time to prepare for the next meeting. This time it is closer to home since it is in Vejle, Denmark. And it is a pleasure to see that the meeting is returning to Vingsted hotel & konferencecenter.

This congress is hosted by DMTS the Danish Society for Biomedical Engineering and as with the IAMERS meeting, this is an annual event and we always attend. As I’ll be on vacation my dear colleague, Simon Dyrup Nielsen, will be our sole representative at this event.

Future technologies in health care

Previous years the program has contained a lot of interesting talks and program points and this year is no exception. In particular, the subject on health care in the future sounds interesting. As you know, it is difficult to predict the future, but there are trends and it is always good to think about these things. Even though the future always turns out differently than expected. For example, I do not see any flying cars in the streets yet. Having an idea about what will be the technologies in the future also helps us evaluate what will be the most sought after and valuable diagnostic equipment on the third party market.

The talks about artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of medical image analysis and more generally in health care is something we at FlexRay Medical keep a close eye out for in general. This definitely is a subject we look forward to learning more about. If you want to know more about the programme you can find it here.

The conference is not all about workshops and talks. It is also an excellent way to maintain and expand our network when attending the exhibition. There is also a dinner and more social aspect of the event which is usually really sociable.

FlexRay Medical are going to DMTSIf you too are attending DMTS in Vejle, and wish to meet up. Do not hesitate to contact Simon Dyrup Nielsen on cell: +45 2627 2879 or via email

Wishing you all a great DMTS annual meeting!

Mads Vittrup
CEO & partner
+4528599829 (cell)


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