The Department of Radiology is committed to providing the highest quality of care to its patients by offering up-to-date diagnostic imaging studies, dedicated teaching of radiology residents, surgical residents and medical students as well as radiology research. The radiology department is a modern department with 14 full time attending radiologists, 60 technologists and a full complement of radiology residents, assisting in the diagnosis of disease and injury for all medical and surgical specialties at the JGH. It offers the full gamut of diagnostic and therapeutic radiological procedures, with its 2 state of the art helical CT scanners (64 and 16 slice), one 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, 2 digital fluoroscopy units, 5 ultrasound rooms as well as several general radiography rooms and specialized rooms, including a state of the art angiography/interventional suite.
In the past 20 years, technological advances in radiological imaging have allowed for earlier diagnosis and better screening which are helping to prevent mortality and allay the fears of patients. Most commonly used to visualize detailed internal structure and limited function of the body, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for example, has revolutionized many areas of body imaging. As a noninvasive, non-irradiating imaging technology, it has become an indispensable tool in the early detection and accurate diagnosis of a number of conditions – proving to be especially useful in neurological (brain), musculoskeletal/orthopedic, cardiovascular, and oncological (cancer) imaging. Being the only modality that allows for the detection of lesions otherwise not visible by mammography or ultrasound, MRI is an extremely valuable tool in the detection of early breast cancers and the investigation of breast lesions in high-risk patients.
MRI is particularly important at the JGH, owing to its very busy Segal Cancer Centre and its designation by the Quebec government as a Breast Referral and Investigation Centre for breast cancer detection. Considering the size of the hospital, the Department of Radiology would normally require 3 MRI scanners to keep up with the large daily patient load. The single MRI scanner currently in operation is used seven days a week but is insufficient to meet the growing demand, resulting in long waiting lists as well as longer hospital and Emergency Department stays as patients must wait for their scans before being treated or discharged.
“With a second MRI machine, we will be able to dramatically shorten the wait lists and improve patient turnaround in the hospital, helping the JGH provide timely, high quality care to all patients and in particular cancer patients.”
– Dr. Mark Levental, Chief, Department of Radiology
Furthermore, the current MRI – acquired over 10 years ago thanks to the generosity of private donors – is slated to be replaced in 2011-2012. Therefore,unless appropriate steps are taken now, MRI services will no longer be available from that moment on at the JGH, causing severe hardship to patients who will have to go elsewhere for their scans and consequently wait longer to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
The acquisition of a second MRI scanner is vital to ensure the provision of timely, high quality care to all patients. This is especially true of cancer patients, who should not be subjected to the additional stress of having to wait for their scans. With a second MRI, the Department would be able to provide continuous service even when the original machine will be replaced.
The Department of Radiology at the JGH
Purchase and installation of MRI Imaging Scanner
Of acquiring a second MRI Imaging Scanner
Of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)