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$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 of cancer.

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 accurate diagnoses.

“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.”