Hawkesbury General Hospital unveils new CT Scanner making technology more available to Prescott-Russell residents

The image above was taken on October 7, 2019 as the Medical Imaging team welcomed their first patient on the new machine. Courtesy photo

HAWKESBURY — The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) is proud to offer access to cutting-edge medical imaging technology, closer to home, for the residents of Prescott-Russell and surrounding areas. This 128-slice CT scan model, valued at $2.5 million dollars, is installed in only two other Canadian institutions and HGH is the first within Eastern Canada to use this latest technology.

“With the installation of this new state-of-the-art CT scanner coupled with the outstanding health care professionals at HGH, patients in Prescott-Russell are able to receive the best quality care and treatment plan, closer to home. HGH continues to innovate and will be bringing more clinical programs and services in the coming months with the completion of the major redevelopment project in 2020,” said HGH Chief Executive Officer, Marc LeBoutillier. 

There are many benefits for patients with the use of this new sophisticated equipment:

  • Clearer images showing fine details allowing the detection of most serious diseases and disorders such as pulmonary embolisms. Strokes, head and neck traumas can be discovered in a matter of minutes, saving lives.
  • Less radiation is emitted and the examinations are less invasive thereby making them more comfortable and better for the patient.

The CT scan has been in use for the past several weeks. A team of radiologists and highly specialized technologists have been trained to read the images and operate the new CT scanner located in their new modern premises within the hospital. HGH’s wait time for a CT scan is minimal, currently less than 5 days, which is amongst the lowest wait time in the region. For fast results, a patient can obtain an appointment by asking their family physician for a referral to HGH.

“I am impressed by the excellent image quality. This state-of-the-art CT scanner offers imaging that meets the highest standards of quality, is fast and versatile. This technological advance will greatly help us maintain our commitment to our patients and their families to provide a world-class medical imaging service,” explained Dr. David-Olivier Chagnon, Chief of Medical Imaging at HGH. 

The acquisition of this state-of-the-art CT scanner and technology marks an important milestone for the community and is a significant part of HGH’s transformation to a full-service regional community hospital. The purchase of this equipment is the result of community fundraising over the past few years. A sincere thanks and recognition to the HGH Foundation and all donors of the Access 2018 Campaign, who made it happen. 

Important Facts

Benefits of the updated CT scan technology: 

  • More advanced CT technology available to the residents of Prescott-Russell, closer to home;
  • Decrease in patient exposure to radiation and contrast media doses; 
  • Clearer images and ability to capture finer details, eliminating unnecessary follow-ups;
  • Capacity to diagnose strokes, pulmonary embolisms, head and neck trauma and fractures in a matter of minutes, thereby saving lives;
  • Fast results enable faster access to treatment;
  • Little wait time for appointments. 

Nathalie Ladoucer, President of the HGH expressed her sentiments about HGH’s new technology, “HGH’s new CT scanner was funded entirely through the generosity of the HGH Foundation’s donors through the Access 2018 campaign. This state-of-the-art equipment will have a direct impact on care for so many people in our region. We are grateful to everyone who contributed toward achieving this goal. What was once a wish has become a reality! Let’s continue to collectively think about and act toward enhancing our services.” 

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