Buhler PET CT scanner running again

Extended imaging hours scheduled this week to deal with back-log

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Monday, March 14, 2016

Patients whose diagnostic imaging appointments were put on hold due to a power outage at the Health Sciences Centre’s Buhler Building on March 8 will have their appointments rescheduled this week.

Staff from the University of Manitoba, which operates the building, worked through the weekend to restore power after a sewer backup led to a power outage affecting four floors of the building and putting approximately 48 appointments on hold.

A custom-fabricated component required to fix the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CT scanner was installed Saturday morning and a thorough safety inspection was performed during a day-long power restoration process.

“It’s a tremendous relief to have the PET CT scanner up and running again so quickly,” said Dana Erickson, Chief Operating Officer, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. “We have begun the process of rescheduling appointments cancelled last week on a priority basis and hope to have all missed appointments conducted by the end of the week.”

The PET CT scanner uses radiation, or nuclear medicine imaging, to produce three-dimensional, colour images of functional processes within the human body. It can be used to detect and monitor the development of conditions including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

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