North East LHIN Board Supports a PET Scanner Suite for Sudbury

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The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) Board of Directors voted in favour of supporting a pre-capital submission for a Positron Emission Tomography Suite (PET-CT) in Sudbury.

In December of 2015, Health Sciences North (HSN) learned the government will provide the hospital with up to $1.6 million in operating funding for a permanent PET scanner once the community and the hospital have raised the necessary capital.

Then in June, the hospital sent a pre-capital submission to the LHIN for a suite to house the scanner. As it does not have an existing space (3,800 square feet), HSN is now requesting funding of approximately $4 million from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Capital Investment Branch to build a space to house the unit.

The North East Board voted in favour of supporting this request at its June 9th meeting, which means the application can now proceed to the Ministry.

“We support this investment that will bring care and treatment opportunities closer to home for Northerners,” said Chair Danielle Belanger-Corbin. “This submission is also in line with our strategic priorities of improving access, care coordination and sustainability.”

· There are 13 PET-CT in Ontario: eight funded scanners are located in academic health centre; three units are dedicated to research, and there are two others.
· PET-CT scans crate two to three dimensional images that reflect biochemical processes and blood flow combined with the anatomical detail from a CT.
· These scanners are recognized and funded in Ontario to provide diagnosis and treatment management for oncology, lung, head, neck, lymphoma, colon and cardiac disease.
· It will also create opportunities for HSN to take part in clinical trials.
· An analysis of the Northern Health Travel Grant Program suggests an average annual savings of $228,000 with the location of a PET scanner in Sudbury.

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