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Medical imaging

Michener creates centre of excellence for CT

TORONTO – The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and GE Healthcare Canada have announced the establishment of a new learning centre dedicated to training both the current and next generation of CT healthcare specialists.

The new GE Healthcare-Michener Advanced CT Imaging Centre of Excellence is a collaboration between two organizations committed to improving the quality of healthcare services in Ontario and Canada. Both organizations believe the future of many Canadian allied health professionals begins with creative approaches to education and training, a belief realized in this new Centre.

The formation of the Centre of Excellence between GE Healthcare and The Michener Institute included the donation of a CT system, the purchase of modern workstations, and finally, the deployment of additional advanced software and electronic image library. The library contains a contemporary database holding over 450 anatomical scans depicting cases, from normal to a wide range of pathologies.

Through this collaboration, Michener students will now have better working knowledge of, and practical experience in, CT scanning, imaging and diagnostic capabilities. These skills are now an important part of the core competencies needed by all radiological disciplines writing national exams. Michener graduates, particularly those in Radiological Technology (X-ray), will be well prepared to work with patients in the midst of treatments for various conditions or diseases.

“This significant investment by GE Healthcare represents a major contribution in support of Michener’s collaborative curriculum and simulated clinical workflow,” said Dr. Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute. “It’s an ideal public-private partnership where both institutions have the opportunity to learn together and create innovative programs for the applied health science community that will ultimately benefit patients.”

The establishment of this leading-edge CT Imaging Centre of Excellence combines the latest computed tomography imaging technology from GE Healthcare with inter-professional and simulation-based curriculum from Michener.

The Centre is located on the modernized 11th floor at The Michener Institute in downtown Toronto, providing Radiologists, Radiological Technologists, and Michener Medical Radiation Sciences (MRS) students (includes Radiological Technology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy disciplines) with access to exceptional hands-on training.

“GE Healthcare is extremely proud to collaborate with The Michener Institute,” says Peter Robertson, General Manager, GE Healthcare Canada. “The Centre of Excellence is integral to our overall strategy to provide our Canadian customers with a world-class learning experience and continually improve the quality of healthcare provided to Canadians.”

About The Michener Institute
The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada’s only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who serve a vital role in the country’s healthcare sector in such fields as medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy, chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Michener’s academic excellence is rooted in: inter-professional education, simulation education, readiness assessment, clinical education, and theoretical education to deliver the Best Experience, Best Education hallmark of learning to over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute’s academic programs are publicly funded by the Province of Ontario and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading healthcare organizations. For more information, visit

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Its broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services helps customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, the company partners with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems. GE’s “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join the company on its journey as it continuously develops innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit the website at

Posted Jan. 28, 2010