Beacon Hospital houses the Cyclotron, which is a sophisticated piece of equipment that is used to produce a fresh radiotracer known as Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG).
FDG is a radioactive form of glucose used in PET/CT imaging. It only has a half-life of 110 minutes, and therefore, cannot be imported. Previously, this was the reason that PET/CT scanning was rare in Malaysia.
With the Cyclotron, Beacon Hospital is now able to produce FDG for in-house usage in PET/CT imaging, as well as to be supplied to government hospitals.