Health and Community Services
July 20, 2010
New CT Scanner Installed at Charles S. Curtis Memorial
Residents on the Northern Peninsula of the province will benefit from
a new computed tomography (CT) scanner recently installed at the Charles
S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. The Provincial Government
invested approximately $1.5 million for this new system, which will
replace the existing CT scanner.
"Our government is continuing to make strategic investments in the
health care system to improve access to and enhance services and
equipment for diagnostic procedures," said the Honourable Jerome
Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services. "This new CT scanner
will deliver high-quality images of the brain and heart with improved
resolution and lowered radiation dose."
The new LightSpeed™ VCT configured system is the second of its type
in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region. Last fall, a replacement unit
was installed at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,
through a shared funding initiative with the Grenfell Foundation's East
Chapter, the Provincial Government, the Innu Nation and the
International Grenfell Association.
"This replacement CT Scanner has exceptional image quality," said
Wendy Christenssen, Regional Director of Diagnostic Services. "With its
enhanced features and abilities, this CT
system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services
provided at this hospital."
Through Budget 2010:
The Right Investments — For Our Children and
the Williams Government is investing $52.2 million for
new medical equipment, including $4.4 million for a new MRI machine at
St. Clare's Mercy Hospital; $3.5 million for the replacement of CT
scanners at the Carbonear General Hospital and the Janeway Children's
Health and Rehabilitation Centre; approximately $3 million for the
purchase of new laboratory equipment throughout the province; $2.7
million for the provincial cardiac care program; and, $2.1 million for
the purchase of new ultrasound machines around the province.
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