Current Campaign

$2.5 Million CT Scanner Campaign

In response to aging CT technology and an increasing need for medical scans, the Foundation is raising $2.5 million for a new CT Scanner.

The Need
The workhorse of LGH, our CT scanner operates until 11pm daily as well as on weekends and produces more than 24,000 scans a year (compared to the regional average of 14,000). Demand for emergency CT scans has risen 35% in the last six years, while waitlists for outpatient CT scans continue to grow. The demand and backlog has become so great that LGH oncology patients must sometimes go to other hospitals for required weekly or bi-weekly follow-up scans.

The situation has been further complicated by the fact that the CT is aging – it’s currently operating in year seven of an eight-year life expectancy. Its heavy use has resulted in the need for more repairs than any other scanner in the Lower Mainland.

Photo Above:Dr. Bobbi-Jo Coldwell, Dr. Audrey Spielmann & Dr. Simon Bicknell with LGH’s current CT Scanner

New Scanner, New Benefits
A new CT Scanner featuring the latest technology would provide today’s highest levels of speed, detail and safety, helping reduce waitlists and enhancing patient care.

New CT technology even allows a view inside some coronary stents to check thier status Scan times would be reduced by up to 30%, allowing up to six more scans to be done daily.

• A higher level of detail would allow doctors to see more, reducing the need for exploratory surgeries.

• The radiation dose would be reduced by up to 80%, making CT scans safer particularly for children and cancer patients who can have as many as 10 to 20 scans during their diagnosis and follow ups.

High Contrast Color images help make diagnoses easier  

 

What is CT Technology?
The CT (Computed Tomography) scanner is a cornerstone of modern medical imaging – a unique combination of two technologies – X-rays and computer software. During a CT scan, several beams simultaneously image the patient from different angles. The computer then takes the data from these multiple X-rays and turns them into highly detailed structural images of the body that are displayed on a monitor.

CT scans are 100 times clearer than ordinary X-rays, making them indispensable to imaging the brain, lungs, liver, heart and other soft tissue organs, as well as structures in the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis. They’re also widely used to examine bones and blood vessels.

Every day, the CT scanner at LGH plays a key role in diagnosing and treating strokes, trauma injuries, head injuries, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetic complications and hemorrhages. It also reduces the need for surgeries by allowing doctors to inspect the inside of the body without having to operate.

How a CT Scanner can Help
It all began when an otherwise healthy, athletic 45-year-old man came into Lions Gate Hospital Emergency with a crippling headache. An immediate CT scan quickly revealed the source of his pain – evidence of blood in the head around the brainstem.

“The most common cause of this type of bleed is a brain aneurysm – a condition that requires intervention, sometimes with serious consequences” says LGH diagnostic radiologist Dr. Audrey Spielmann. “However, another CT with contrast [CT angiogram] showed the blood vessels in his brain were normal and that he had an uncommon condition that resulted in a small venous bleed.”

After 10 days in hospital and additional recuperation at home, the North Vancouver resident returned to Lions Gate for a follow-up CT angiogram. It revealed the best-possible news – his arteries were again confirmed to be normal.

“For this patient the CT scan and CT angiogram were critical in confirming the diagnosis so doctors could provide the right treatment,” says Spielmann. “Today, he’s back to work, and his kids are looking forward to skiing with him again.”

 

Medical Radiation Safety
CT Scanners use radiation to create the detailed medical images so vital to establishing a diagnosis and guiding treatment, often minimizing the need for surgery. However, how much radiation do they use? Actually, CT radiation exposure is remarkably low, and with the new scanner will be even lower:


Support our CT Scanner Campaign and you’ll be helping LGH provide the highest quality patient care possible.

Go to the Donate Now page and help make a difference for the entire community

 

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Louise Campbelll
Director, Donor Relations
Phone: 604-904-3561
Email: louise.campbell@vch.ca