Thursday, October 7, 2010

MRI: Why an Image is Everything to our community

By Rik Ganderton,
President and CEO

Durham Region has one of the fastest growing populations in Canada, with approximately 600,000 residents and a forecast population of around one million people by 2031 (1).

Population growth also means growth within the dependent demographics of our communities. We have already seen a rise in acute care patients who need a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, now considered a basic tool that every hospital needs in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and many other diseases and health conditions.

Thankfully, there has also been significant growth in the application of MRI technology to solve clinical problems, and as an emergency tool that can make the difference between life and death.

Currently, the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital does not have an MRI. By including an MRI in our new and expanded diagnostic imaging centre, patients who currently are on a long waiting list will be able to stay close to home.

Patients will also receive the gold standard in care from the new MRI, which offers state-of-the-art technology, producing detailed, clear images of the body with no side effects.

We are dedicated to bringing an MRI to the residents of Ajax, Pickering and Whitby through the Image is Everything Campaign, by the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation. Through campaign events, third-party fundraising and a long list of generous partnerships, we have made great progress towards that goal. However, we still need your help.

The community has supported us since our hospital was built in 1954, and we hope you will continue to support us in bringing this modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic technology closer your family, friends and neighbours in west Durham.

So please put yourself in the picture. You can help bring an MRI to your local community hospital by contacting the Foundation at 905-683-2320 x1501.

(1. Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration)

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