Last year, the province announced plans to fund a new PET/CT scanner at Windsor Regional Hospital. On April 27, it arrived!
Hundreds of patients in Windsor and Essex County requiring PET/CT scans to diagnose medical conditions will no longer have to travel hundreds of kilometers to hospitals in London, Hamilton, Mississauga and elsewhere once this state-of-the-art technology begins taking patient images.
The arrival of the PET/CT scans – long the standard for helping diagnose cancers – will support some 600 patients a year in the Windsor-Essex region and beyond. The machinery will be installed inside a small addition to be constructed adjacent to the Cancer Centre on the south side of Met Campus.
This 68,000-pound trailer and the state-of-the-art equipment it contains was carefully positioned into place adjacent to our Cancer Centre. Following staff training, the PET/CT scanner will begin providing scans to more than 600 patients every year.
A PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan is a nuclear medicine imaging test that uses a form of radioactive sugar to create 3D colour images to show how a body’s cells are working. A CT (Computed Tomography) scan uses special X-ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of a body, which can then be interpreted by a radiologist on a computer monitor.
WATCH: The PET/CT Scanner Arrives in Windsor on April 27, 2019.
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