$16 million given to Montreal
hospitals for new technologies
In late October, the Quebec government announced it
would provide $16 million for three Montreal-area hospitals to acquire
leading-edge medical technology.
The Centre hospitalier de l’universite de Montreal obtained $7.3-million
for the acquisition of an MRI machine, respirators and dialysis units,
and an upgrade to its existing CT (computerized tomography) scanner. The
upgrade will allow the device to combine images with positron emission
tomography (PET), considered the gold standard to detect certain types
Cite de la Sante hospital, in Laval, received $5.2 million for a digital
angiography suite, a heart catheterization unit, anesthesia machines,
surgical instruments and other equipment.
And the McGill University Health Centre received $3.8 million to set up
a catheterization lab at Royal Victoria Hospital and to purchase a
number of machines, including the latest-generation CT scanner.
Robert Lisbona, chief of radiology at the MUHC, told the Montreal
Gazette that the new equipment will lead to better outcomes for
patients. He noted the new CT scanner allow radiologists to make more
“You’ll be able to identify many more diseases with this scanner,
because it offers more detailed images than the older scanner that we
had,” he said. “It’s a more rapid scanner, so it’s more
patient-friendly. For example, a patient who is short of breath has a
lot of trouble going through a conventional scanner because they have to
hold their breath for a substantial period of time.
“But with this new scanner, you’ll be able to generate an entire image
of the body within 10 seconds.”