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Diagnostic imaging

Windsor to get mobile PET scanner

WINDSOR, Ont. – CareImaging Cancer Diagnostics announced that a Mobile PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan centre will be established in Windsor, Ontario. The new mobile PET in Windsor will be the first and only PET scanner serving this southwestern Ontario community.

The PET scan’s main function is in the detection and staging of cancer. PET scan technology can also perform bone scans, filling a void caused by medical isotope shortages resulting from the Chalk River Nuclear reactor shutdown.

Dr. Kevin Tracey, a leader in PET scanning and Nuclear Medicine in Canada, and Nuclear Medicine Director at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, will serve as Medical Director of the Windsor PET Centre.

Dr. Tracey stated, “A PET scanner will provide equivalent results in bone scans for cancer patients. Currently in Ontario, 2,500 patients need a bone scan every week. PET scan technology can help alleviate the critical shortage of radioisotopes using this alternate state-of-the-art technology, which surpasses systems currently in place.

“We feel Mobile PET is the quickest and best strategy to tackle the needs of Canadian patients given the current crisis. We are also closely working together and have located additional mobile PET and PET/CT systems which could be rapidly deployed to cities across Canada.”

Ontario has a total population of 11 PET scanners, none of which is currently utilized to perform bone scans. PET scans are not yet approved for OHIP medical reimbursement. They are, however, widely used globally, as well as elsewhere in Canada and the US in the investigation of cancer as well as Heart disease patients.

Ghassan Barazi, CareImaging President and CEO, said, “We are pleased to finally relocate Canada’s first and only mobile PET scan clinic to its original intended and planned destination in Windsor, Ontario. We have worked closely with the Windsor medical community and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital to bring this greatly needed state-of-the-art cancer diagnostic technology to this area”

John Coughlin, Interim CEO, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, said, “The timing is perfect to fill our increasing need for bone scans for our cancer patients, due to the shortages taking place. Our community has a need for advanced and improved cancer diagnostics. We have worked very closely with CareImaging and Dr. Tracey, and are offering our support particularly in the area of radiation protection and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission licensing to make PET scan technology work for Windsor cancer patients.”

About CareImaging
CareImaging Cancer Diagnostics Center, with its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, is the only private PET scan clinic in Ontario, performing PET scans in its main location in Mississauga under a clinical trial approved by the government of Canada. CareImaging is a developmental stage company dedicated to being the leader in bringing PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and PET/CT (Computed Tomography) technology to Canadians.