Hospitals of Regina Foundation Launches Therapeutic and Diagnostic Imaging Campaign

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Hospitals of Regina Foundation Launches Therapeutic and Diagnostic Imaging Campaign


Diagnostic imaging and the Interventional Radiology Suite (IR) at Regina General Hospital are revolutionizing the way medical services are delivered to patients in southern Saskatchewan.

Every year, the IR suite sees about 4,000 patients and performs more than 5,000 examinations. In addition, more than 24,000 ultrasounds and 17,000 MRIs are performed every year in Regina's hospitals. When a patient arrives at an emergency room, they often require some type of imaging equipment in order to provide doctors with a better indication of what is wrong with them.

The range of diseases and organs responsive to image-guided therapeutic and diagnostic procedures are extensive and constantly evolving. More importantly, the procedures are minimally-invasive, so patients do not have to undergo major surgeries for such things as cancer treatment, blocked blood vessels and pain management. This minimizes the risk of infection and significantly reduces recovery time, meaning patients are returning home much sooner.

To help sustain and improve these local services, Hospitals of Regina Foundation is raising funds this year to invest in technology and equipment that will enhance therapeutic and diagnostic imaging in Regina's hospitals.

Through its therapeutic and diagnostic imaging campaign, the Foundation is committed to raising $3.6 million. Funds from the campaign will be invested in two new ultrasound machines, a new CT scanner, and a completely rebuilt MRI, allowing for the most advanced technology at a fraction of the cost of a new one. The campaign will also support the creation of a brand new IR Suite with C-arm technology to allow for some of the best real-time diagnostic images possible.

The Foundation wants to help people, like Bonnie Cameron, live a better life.

Bonnie's story started in 2014 when a 1500-pound shed fell on her back, compressed her ribs, and left her in unimaginable pain for months. She was transported to Regina General Hospital where she spent several weeks undergoing surgeries on her ribs and spine. Unfortunately, the trauma from the shed incident left her with nerve damage, which brought on constant excruciating pain.

Things took a turn for the better when Bonnie was approached by Dr. Shanti Lala, an interventional radiologist at Pasqua Hospital, who recommended an interventional procedure known as a selective nerve root block.

This life-changing procedure was performed in the IR suite at Regina General Hospital. There, the radiologist used a live X-ray to guide a needle to the specific nerve root where Bonnie was experiencing pain. The needle was used to inject marcaine - a pure alcohol solution often used as a local anesthetic on the spine and ribs - to kill her inflamed nerve endings and relieve the pain long-term.

"Soon after, I felt no pain in all the areas he had injected. It was an unforgettable feeling," she exclaims. "I cried tears of joy because a year after my accident, I could finally live pain-free!"

"There are many people, like Bonnie, who require these critical procedures, who are not able to withstand major surgery," says Dino Sophocleous, president and CEO, Hospitals of Regina Foundation. "By supporting therapeutic and diagnostic imaging, we are helping to ensure many people are getting quality care, low-risk treatments and returning home with a better life in front of them. Good health care is local."

Submitted by: Uju Nweze, Senior Communications Officer, Hospitals of Regina Foundation