A positron emission tomography (PET) scanner will be implanted at the Val-d’Or hospital.
This device is used for the early diagnosis of certain forms of cancer.
Previously, about 400 people from the region had to travel to the Outaouais or Montreal to access services.
Health Minister Gaétan Barrette found that some patients refused treatment because they could not or did not want to travel outside the region.
There is a bunch of people who did not have the treatment because it was a disadvantage to go to Montreal, Gatineau. And there, when we put the good numbers, it is clear that we reached the thresholds required to install it. When I had that analysis, the decision was made to move forward with both components, which is radiotherapy in Rouyn-Noranda and PET-Scan here.
Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health
Dr. François Lamoureux, a member of the active service in nuclear medicine, argues that PET-Scan can reduce, in some cases, the number of chemotherapy treatments needed.
“With this technology after two treatments, we make a new evaluation and there we can see if the disease is completely gone, we stop the treatments. We save a lot of money, a lot of side effects and we can treat all diseases. ”
The government has announced an investment of $ 6.8 million for the purchase and installation of this equipment, which will require redevelopment and expansion of infrastructure.
The CISSS-AT has the mandate to complete the facilities before the end of 2018. Minister Barrette insisted on this deadline during the press briefing, in the presence of the CEO of CISSAT, Yves Desjardins.
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