Nova Scotia announces plans to purchase five MRIs
Nova Scotia’s Department of Health has posted a request-for-proposal for
five top-of-the-line MRI scanners.
diagnostic services more accessible means that Nova Scotians gain more
control over their health; they can be diagnosed earlier and start
necessary treatments sooner,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac
(pictured at left). “We are working with Nova Scotia’s
specialists to ensure we purchase the best and most appropriate
technology for these communities.”
A provincial steering committee, with representation from most of the
province’s nine health districts, the IWK Health Centre, and the
Department of Health, is working toward consistency in diagnostic
services, technology, training and referral processes across the
Expanding the MRI capacity in Nova Scotia was one of the top priorities
in Your Health Matters, the government’s plan for better healthcare,
released in 2003.
Premier John Hamm announced the purchase of the new MRI units for
Yarmouth, Kentville, Antigonish and New Glasgow in December 2004. The
province also agreed to replace an aging unit in Halifax.
Up to $12.5 million will go toward the purchase and installation of all
MRI units. The funding was made possible through the 2004 First
Ministers’ Meeting Accord. Each district health authority receiving a
unit will contribute about $750,000 to purchase the new equipment.
The Department of Health will purchase five 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners that
offer superior neurology, head and neck, orthopedic abdominal and
urological imaging. The units must be able to work within Nova Scotia’s
picture archiving communications system.
The request for proposals will be posted on the government procurement
The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. The Department of Health will
announce the successful vendor by the end of October. It is expected the
units will be installed in each health district once renovations, human
resource plans, and community funding are in place, starting with