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Free Software Magazine: Patents Kill

Nov 10, 2005, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

"For people with cancer, CT scans are a life-saver. They tell you if your lymph nodes are too big or if they are changing, and make accurate diagnosis possible. The same applies to the PET scanning technique, which promises to be the new generation of full body scanning.

"At the moment, there is only one PET scanner in Western Australia (a rather rich state). The cost of such a machine is insane (I have no other word for it); at the hospital, they are already thinking about upgrading it because only three years after the purchase, it's already obsolete..."

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