New CT Scanners: Improved Imaging and Less Radiation
Presently, two Computed Tomography (CT) Scanners at NRGH perform over 18,500 scans each year. After 15 years of service both machines are reaching the end of their natural life. In 2015 the Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors recognized the importance of upgrading the equipment and launched a $1 million Campaign to fund one of two needed CT Scanners. Island Health and the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) will fund the second unit as well as the installation costs for both Scanners.
One of the many positive benefits for patients using the new CT Scanners will be a decrease in exposure to radiation, by as much as 1/10th of existing levels. As well, the time it takes to capture the images will be greatly reduced. This is vital for trauma cases, critically ill patients, patients with sensitive organs, the elderly, as well as children and infants. Moreover, new CT technology means cardiac scanning will be more exact, as images will be captured in one and a half heartbeats compared to four heartbeats, as it is now.
The new CT Scanners are expected to be operational by the summer of 2016. Your gift to support the purchase of one CT Scanner will increase diagnostic capability at NRGH dramatically; benefiting tens of thousands of Vancouver Island residents for years to come. Thank you!