Powered by Donors: Introducing our New Gamma Camera
Our generous donor community has once again demonstrated the power of philanthropy by funding a new gamma camera in our Nuclear Medicine Department. The upgrade, totaling $2.2 million, includes SPECT/CT technology that will help to improve patient care at North York General Hospital (NYGH) for years to come.
I can’t express how much gratitude we have for our community and to the Foundation for helping us. The entire medical imaging department over time has required and will require continuous equipment renewals, and without the support of the Foundation we wouldn’t be able to do that. Generosity and support are crucial to patient care.”
— Dr. Ryan Margau, Chief Radiologist and Medical Director, Department of Medical Imaging.
NYGH’s existing fleet of nuclear medicine cameras are more than 16 years old, meaning they can break down and are difficult to repair. These factors can lead to patients waiting longer for important tests and diagnoses. New technology like in the upgraded gamma camera allows our physicians to obtain incredibly accurate and detailed images in a timelier manner, with patients receiving lower radiation doses and better diagnoses.
Having an upgraded gamma camera will make a meaningful difference for patients and care providers. Here’s how:
Patients who are referred to nuclear medicine will:
- Remain in our hospital instead of being transferred for their scan
- Experience shorter wait times for scans
- Require a smaller dose of radiation with the new camera
- Receive early diagnosis and treatment, leading to better health outcomes.
Clinicians will be able to:
- Detect disease early and assess the effectiveness of treatment, leading to better patient care
- Review precise images to help determine a diagnosis
- Increase the number of patients they can scan each month.
Thank you again to all of our generous donors for supporting advancements in our Nuclear Medicine Department that will help countless patients across the many communities we serve.