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Saturday July 16th, 2016

Posted at 10:43am

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Urgent repairs have been made to Windsor and the Erie St. Clair LHIN’s only PET/CT cancer scanner, and it is back up and running.  Technicians are still completing work on the heating and cooling unit as well as dealing with power supply issues that are not allowing the clinic to scan at full capacity at this point.

“Over the past few days we have begun scanning the most urgent patients with particular attention to the patients who were too ill or otherwise unable to travel to other centers for their PET scan, and we are slowly working up to our normal schedule. We are again accepting patient referrals from oncologists and surgeons and are working toward repatriating patients who are on waiting lists for scans elsewhere in Ontario. Our goal is to enable them to have their scans done here at home,” said Dr. Kevin Tracey, operator of Precision Diagnostic Imaging Clinic.

A donation by local philanthropist, Al Quesnel paid for the necessary repairs after the PET/CT scanner was forced to shut down in June after it experienced a catastrophic break down. The Ministry of Health refused Windsor’s appeals to provide funding for urgent repairs and a service contract to maintain the scanner.

The forced shut down of the PET/CT scanner provoked a public outcry from both cancer patients and area physicians and surgeons which prompted the Ministry of Health to invite Dr. Tracey to submit another proposal for funding that would adequately support PET/CT scanning services.

“We submitted that proposal nearly three weeks ago but have not received any communication back from the Ministry of Health, not even a phone call,” says Tracey.

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