New CT scanners coming to Nanaimo hospital

NANAIMO – New CT scanners represent multimillion-dollar capital investment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

New state-of-the-art CT scanners are coming to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Island Health announced this week two CT scanners will be coming to NRGH and be ready for patients next spring.

The new scanners represent a capital investment of approximately $3.6 million, which will be paid for through contributions from the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the province, through Island Health.

Computed tomography, or CAT scans, is a medical imaging test using x-rays and a computer to create detailed, cross-sectional images of the inside of the body. Approximately 18,500 CT scans were done at the Nanaimo hospital last year.

Dr. Paul Trepanier, radiologist and CT section head at NRGH said fast rotation time improves image quality and the improved technology will reduce radiation exposure to patients.

“Right now, we can perform approximately 70 CTs in a day and that number should further increase with the new technology of two fully capable machines,” he said.

Renovations to accommodate the new scanners will begin imminently.