Saskatchewan’s cyclotron was showcased Monday in Saskatoon.
The medical instrument is crucial for reducing wait times for a PET-CT scans in the province to one week.
The cyclotron produces radioisotopes which are used in medical scans.
The Cyclotron — being operated by the Fedoruk Centre — is also serving as a backup supplier to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre to help patients with medical scans while Alberta’s regular supplier conducts scheduled maintenance.
Ghislain Boudreault is the Cyclotron Facility Manager and says everyone is excited about supplying Calgary as well as having being able to provide radioisotopes, since 2016, to Royal University Hospital.
Premier Brad Wall was in attendance. He says shortening the wait times from as long as 7 weeks to the current one week is vital.
“As you can imagine, if you’re facing health care dilemmas and potential problems, one week, or two weeks matters,” Wall said while touring the facility Monday. “There was a concern about national supply of radio-isotopes which just left too many doubts and questions.”
The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences is the province’s first cyclotron and radioisotope facility.