The HGH Foundation’s current campaign, Access 2018, will provide the hospital with the funds to purchase a new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner as well as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine by the end of 2018.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services

MRI is a non-invasive and safe test that replaces procedures such as biopsies and exploratory surgeries. It is now the standard of care in Canada.

  • Patients are not exposed to radiation with MRI, and rarely need contrast materials or more invasive tests.
  • Having MRI services at HGH will eliminate travel and reduce the wait times for treatment. At present, the closest MRI is 100 km away.
  • MRI often reveals problems earlier than other tests. It is used to identify tumours, cancers, internal bleeding, muscle and joint injuries, strokes, diseases of the heart, lungs and blood vessels, and aneurysms.
  • When installed at HGH in late 2018, it is anticipated that more than 5,000 MRI tests will be done in the first year, and demand will continue to grow annually.

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan services

HGH has had a 16-slice CT scanner since 2004. It has provided more than 45,000 scans since then, and the need is growing.

  • For the more than 1,600 patients in HGH’s Emergency Department, a new scanner will be able to diagnose strokes, head and neck trauma, and internal trauma in a matter of minutes. This will save lives.
  • The new scanner will ensure more accurate and detailed medical imaging, with fast results to ensure quick diagnosis and treatment for HGH patients. It is the ‘gold standard’ in CT scanning.
  • This sophisticated equipment takes more pictures to provide a 3D cross-sectional image of the body. Greater detail means more accurate diagnosis, detecting smaller abnormalities and diseases, for example bone density, tumours, blood vessel condition, and inflamed, swollen or damaged organs.
  • CT scan can be used to map out a patient’s anatomy prior to surgery to provide further detail that will increase precision.
  • An updated CT scanner will allow us to share images with other hospitals when required for patient care.

Why is this a priority?

Access to up-to-date diagnostic imaging technology, closer to home, will reduce stress and uncertainty for patients and their family. Getting results quickly means you can get the answers and the treatment you or your loved one needs faster.

The demand for MRI and CT scans will grow by 10% each year!

The Access 2018 Campaign will ensure that the community is able to take full advantage of the redevelopment of HGH as a full service regional hospital, and reap the benefits of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology closer to home. Together, we can make it happen.

Find out how you can contribute to Access 2018.