Nanaimo Regional Hospital adds CT scanners

New state-of-the-art machines expected to be up by spring

Two new state-of-the-art replacement Computed Tomography (CT) scanners will begin service in the new year at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

They are expected to be up and running for patients this spring.

According to a news release issued by Island Health, the CT scanners represent a capital investment of approximately $3.6 million. The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation has pledged to contribute up to $900,000 and the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District (NRHD) will fund up to $1.092 million of the project’s cost. The Province, through Island Health, is contributing $1.6 million.

Health Minister Terry Lake said the new technology will help “offer peace of mind for patients and families.”

Computed Tomography, also known as CAT scan, is a medical imaging test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed, cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. Approximately 18,500 CT scans were completed at NRGH last year.

“These CT scanners will have substantial long-term benefits for the region,” said Colin Haime, deputy chair of the NRHD board. “This investment will help to ensure health-care needs of the community are being met and we are proud to be cost-sharing 40 per cent of this important purchase.”

One of the new machines — a dual x-ray source/dual energy CT scanner with a rotation time of 0.28 seconds, will be used for advanced diagnostic tests such as cardiac imaging and for fast scanning of unstable patients, for example, major trauma cases.

The second new machine — a 128-slice CT scanner, also with a very fast rotation time and general capability, will be used primarily for oncology imaging, head and spine imaging and image-guided procedures.

Renovations necessary to accommodate the new CT Scanners will begin imminently.

— NEWS Staff/Island Health news release

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