New CT scanners installed at Nanaimo hospital

NANAIMO – Diagnostic equipment represents $3.6-million investment in health care on the mid-Island.

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, in a press release. “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 $1.09 million and the Province, through Island Health, is funding $1.6 million.

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 Bill Veenhof, regional district chairman. “These scanners will enhance patient care and the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District is proud to have contributed to their purchase.”

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

The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation has raised more than 40 per cent of its $900,000 goal.

More information about the fundraising effort is available at or by calling the foundation at 250-755-7690.