Nova Scotia releases more funds in moves to double number of scanners:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Capital Health, one of Nova Scotia's nine health districts, is to purchase a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner under a Can$5.5m (US$4.4m) programme. The scanner, which incorporates a CT machine, will be purchased this year, to be installed and operational within two years. The provincial government will contribute Can$3m, communications company Aliant and a group of diagnostic imaging physicians (based at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax) Can$500,000 each, and the QEII Foundation (the funding arm of the QEII) Can$1.5m. The funds will also purchase a radiopharmacy. Plans to develop a cyclotron for the Atlantic region are also in place. The acquisitions are in line with Nova Scotia's budget plans to double the amount of scanners in the province. The government is aiming at one MRI scanner per 117,500 people.