New CT scanner installation will temporarily halt CT service at Cypress Regional Hospital

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Installation process begins May 21

The installation of a new state-of-the-art Computed Tomography (CT) scanner at the Cypress Regional Hospital will result in a month long absence of CT services as the new scanner and associated equipment is brought on line.

Starting on Tuesday, the current CT scanner will be decommissioned and removed, allowing for the upgrade from a near decade old 10-slice unit to a 64-slice General Electric high definition scanner.

“Our new CT scanner will be one of the best CT technologies currently present within the province, and it is the highest and most up-to-date CT platform that General Electric produces,” stated Dr. Alaba Ojo, one of two Radiologists at the Cypress Regional Hospital plus the Clinical Department Head for the Medical Imaging department. “Our team of radiologists and technologists are very anxious to work with this new technology, and utilize its many advantages for the direct benefit to the patients that we serve.”

Once the equipment is removed, and required renovations are made to the CT Scan room, technicians will begin the installation of the new scanner during the week of June 11-17. Following the installation process, radiologists and technologists will receive training and orientation for the new equipment’s capabilities. Cypress Health Region officials projected that the new unit will be fully operational by approximately June 24th.   

While CT services will temporarily be unavailable at the Cypress Regional Hospital, a contingency plan has been developed to utilize a combination of other existing medical imaging modalities (fluoroscopy, x-ray, and ultrasound) to assess patients’ needs. If the case of emergent or urgent CT scan requirements, patients will be transferred to a neighboring acute health facility to receive those services.

Terry Coulter, Cypress Health’s Director of Medical Imaging and Laboratory Services, explained that the Medical Imaging Department is appreciative of the public’s patience during this temporary time of transition to the new technology.

“We fully understand the need to have a brief unavailability of CT service while the new unit is installed,” said Coulter. “However, we also see the light at the end of this short tunnel

and are anxiously looking forward to the great benefits for patient care that this new unit will provide.”

“Having access to the first high definition CT scanner available in the industry will result in so many benefits for our patients and team of providers alike,” Coulter said. “In addition to the enhanced image quality and level of clarity to assist the radiologists and technologists in their assessment and diagnosis, these team members will also benefit from having the latest technology to work with, which indirectly will also create increased job satisfaction and serve as a major recruitment tool for these health team specialists. Our patients will experience significant dose reductions and will be subject to shorter scan times for the acquisition of images. All in all, we can’t wait to have the new technology available and functioning to its full capacity.”

This major technology enhancement has occurred through a remarkable donation of $1.2 million from the Estate of the late Roy Blanchard to the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. The donation was directed towards the acquisition of a new CT scanner and the contribution will cover a significant portion of the $1.6 million total cost of the equipment upgrade.

Organizations: Cypress Regional Hospital, Cypress Health Region, Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation

Geographic location: Swift Current

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