Newcastle University and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation have invested in new equipment to help with the treatment of cancer.
The Advanced Biomarker Generator, the first in Europe, generates radioactive particles.
These particles are added with sugars that are then administered to patients.
The process allows doctors to see where a cancer is spreading and then target it more effectively.
Professor Herbie Newell of Cancer Therapeutics at Newcastle University's Northern Institute for Cancer Research said:
“Cancers need a lot of sugar to grow, so by giving radioactive sugar to patients we can determine where they are spreading.
“It gives us a much more accurate insight into how we can beat cancer.”
Lady Elsie Robson will officially open the machine later this year at the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation PET Tracer Production Unit.
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