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New CT scanner for Upper River Valley Hospital

(WATERVILLE) June 25, 2014 - The Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville will receive a new CT scanner by the winter of 2015.         

"Ensuring that our province's hospitals are equipped with advanced technology and equipment is a key priority for our government," said Premier David Alward. "The Department of Health's 2013-14 capital budget includes $25 million for equipment and maintenance which will provide New Brunswickers with the high-quality health services they expect and deserve."

The new $1.3 million machine will replace an older model that has reached the end of its useful life.

"This new CT scanner will provide patients at the Upper River Valley Hospital with improved diagnostic imaging services," said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. "Using advanced technology, this machine will be able to process a greater number, and a broader range of scans, and will offer improved image quality."

CT scanners combine a series of x-ray views taken from different angles to create cross-sectional images of bones and soft tissue inside the body for a wide variety of diagnostic imaging exams.

"New and updated technology helps improve the care we provide to our patients," said John McGarry, president and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "Replacing the older CT scanner will allow the Upper River Valley Hospital to provide even better services to the region."

Media Contact(s)

Sarah Bustard, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536.

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