Replacing outdated CT scanner at Guelph General Hospital a priority

Thirteen years ago, the Hospital’s CT scanner arrived all shiny and wrapped in a bow. Now, thousands and thousands of scans later, it’s replacement is overdue.

“It breaks down and needs repairs more frequently,” explains Dr. Samir Patel, Chief of Diagnostic Imaging. “Being the work horse of our department this impacts patient outcomes dramatically.”

Last year, the Hospital placed a new CT scanner at the top of its priority list because it is used in the diagnosis and care of many illnesses, including cancer, stroke and other vascular diseases.

The new CT scanners have technological advancements that result in even better patient care including sharper images to more accurately diagnose and monitor disease as well as lower doses of radiation. This is especially important for children and those who need multiple scans.

Last year, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital made the CT scanner its top fundraising priority. Since then close to a $250,000 has been raised through a mail campaign, online donations, plus a very generous gift of $90,000. The Foundation hopes to raise the rest of the urgently needed funds through its upcoming initiatives.

The CT scanner comes with a big price tag and is expected to cost about $1 million. “Our Hospital team always does an amazing job of negotiating the absolute best prices so we use donor dollars efficiently,” said Suzanne Bone, CEO of the Foundation.

On May 14, the Foundation launched their Spring fundraising mailing campaign. Donations are also accepted online.

Proceeds from upcoming fundraising events – Fore Our Hospital annual golf tournament and Tour de Guelph community cycling event – will also be directed towards the new CT scanner.

“We also hope to find a few major donors whose philanthropic goals align with this community need,” Bone said.

You may watch a video interview with Dr. Patel where he provides greater detail on the need.

At Guelph General Hospital, one in two dollars spent on equipment comes from a donor.