New Computed Tomography Scanners now in use at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

July 14, 2016

NANAIMO – Patients are benefitting from the “Edge” and the “Flash,” two new state-of-the-art Computed Tomography (CT) scanners now installed at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

“These new CT scanners will offer Nanaimo and area patients improved access to scans and the best in diagnostic imaging technology,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “These new machines demonstrate our commitment to excellence in patient and family experience and are reflective of the work ongoing provincewide to increase diagnostic imaging access.”

CT scan uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed, cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.

The two scanners represent a capital investment of approximately $3.6 million. Of that amount, the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation is funding up to $900,000, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District is funding up to $1.092 million and the Province, through Island Health, is funding $1.6 million.

“We were able to purchase these state-of-the-art machines due to the generosity of our funding partners, who share our commitment to quality care,” said Island Health Board Chair Don Hubbard. “We are fortunate to be able to work together to continually improve health care for our community.”

The “Flash” is a dual x-ray source / dual energy CT scanner with a rotation time of 0.28 seconds, and is used for advanced diagnostic tests such as cardiac imaging and for fast scanning of unstable patients, for example, major trauma cases. 

The "Edge" is a 128-slice CT scanner that also has a very fast rotation time and general capability, and is primarily used for oncology imaging, head and spine imaging and image-guided procedures.

“This is an important investment for residents in our region,” said RDN Chairperson, Bill Veenhof. “These scanners will enhance patient care and the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District is proud to have contributed to their purchase.”

Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Chair Greg Scott said the Foundation is proud to support such a significant investment in medical imaging technology. “We are able to contribute to the purchase of one of two new machines thanks to the generosity of donors who value progressive healthcare close to home,” Scott said. “Thank you to all donors for making this possible for your community.”

The speed of the Edge and Flash scanners and the improved image quality is expected to allow NRGH to perform approximately 80 scans daily.

Dr. Paul Trepanier, Radiologist and CT Section Head at NRGH, said the new machines are allowing care teams to acquire and process medical images much more quickly. “This means improved and more rapid diagnosis for our patients, particularly those who are critically ill,” Dr. Trepanier said. “The speed of the scanners and improved technology of the detectors also means patients are exposed to less radiation when undergoing tests.”

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation has raised over 40 per cent of its $900,000 goal. More information about the fundraising effort is available at www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com or by calling the Foundation at 250-755-7690.

Media Contact:

Valerie Wilson
A/Director, Communications and Engagement
North and Central Island
Island Health