Ontario Improving Access to Medical Imaging Services in Windsor
Province Funding New Diagnostic Equipment Across Ontario
Ontario is helping patients in Windsor get diagnosed faster and closer to home by adding new state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment, including positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanners -- part of a long-term strategy to ensure access to diagnostic imaging across the province.
The Windsor Regional Hospital will receive a new PET/CT scanner for a new scanning services site in the Erie St. Clair region. The new site is expected to be fully operational in late 2018 and will respond to the growing needs of the community by helping up to 600 patients every year.
To date, Ontario's provincial program has 14 PET/CT scanners in 12 centres across the province. Ontario is working with Cancer Care Ontario on a long-term PET strategy that will help ensure patients continue to have access to high-quality diagnostic imaging services close to home. The strategy will consider factors such as service needs, patient referral patterns, and age of the machine, downtime, and facility capacity.
Increasing access to high-quality health care is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is working with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) to ensure existing PET/CT scanners continue to provide high-quality diagnostic imaging services for people across Ontario by planning their replacement in a timely manner and by prioritizing additional equipment in new locations.
- Cancer Care Ontario will lead a long-term strategy to support sustainable and equitable PET/CT scanning across the province. The strategy will consider several factors such as service needs, patient referral patterns, and age of machine, downtime, and facility capacity.
- A PET scan is a diagnostic test that can be helpful for some cancers such as lung, colon and lymphoma, and other conditions such as heart disease.
- Ontario has one of the largest PET/CT infrastructures in Canada including 12 PET centres in eight LHINs across the province.
“By developing a long-term strategy for the PET/CT scans in the province, and through working with our health care partners, Ontario is strengthening its commitment to providing patients with high-quality care for all Ontarians including diagnostic services where early detection can save lives.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“CCO is committed to an evidence-based approach for the provision of PET/CT scans across the province. Working together with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and our partners we look forward to developing a strategy that will ensure Ontario’s PET Scans Program is guided by the best available evidence and provides high-quality and equitable PET/CT scan services across Ontario.”
“This is an outstanding announcement for the Windsor-Essex community on gaining access to a technology such as a PET/CT scanner without having to travel to another jurisdiction. We want to thank the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Cancer Care Ontario for starting this long term PET/CT strategy in Windsor-Essex.”