Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit along with representatives of the Sunrise Health Region and others were in Yorkton Friday afternoon to celebrate a new, more advanced C-T scanner at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre.
“Our government is proud to contribute $600,000 toward replacing and upgrading the CT scanner in Yorkton,” Ottenbreit said. “This new technology improves the quality and safety of medical imaging services for clients in east-central Saskatchewan.”
The equipment replaces a 10 year-old scanner that reached its life expectancy. The installation required renovations in the space and upgrades to the power and cooling systems. Medical radiation technologists received training on the new enhanced scanner and software.
The provincial government contributed half the $1.2 million cost toward the replacement of the CT scanner while the Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan took on the task of fundraising the remaining $600,000. When the funding was announced in April 2015, the health region was able to take advantage of cost savings as part of a provincially-negotiated contract with the medical imaging supplier.
Because of the new scanner, clients are receiving faster, more detailed scans since the new machine went into service in early April.
More than 5,000 CT scans are completed each year at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre in Sunrise Health Region.