People living in southeastern Saskatchewan now have access to specialized diagnostic imaging services closer to home. A state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanner has started operating at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan. Today, Health Minister Dustin Duncan today joined the mayor of Estevan, representatives from Sun Country Health Region, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, and local residents for the official unveiling of the region’s new CT scanner.
“I’m very pleased that patients in this part of the province will be able to receive CT services closer to home,” Duncan said. “Providing this service locally means less travel time and expense for patients, and quicker access to medical diagnosis and treatment. Our government is happy to partner with the community and health region to provide this important service.”
Residents in southeast Saskatchewan often need to travel to Regina or another location for CT services. The addition of a CT scanner in Estevan helps meet the increased demand due to population growth, and improves overall capacity for publicly-funded CT services in the province.
Estevan’s CT scanner is the 14th permanent hospital-based CT scanner in Saskatchewan. The other CT scanners are located in Saskatchewan’s six regional hospitals (Lloydminster, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Yorkton) and the five provincial hospitals in Regina and Saskatoon.
(Government of Saskatchewan release)