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Investment in technology will expand the hospital’s capacity for conducting MRIs.

When something goes wrong with our brain, we find ourselves in a fight for the life we know. Too many of us will experience this first-hand as one in three Canadians will be affected by brain disease, traumatic brain injury or neurological dysfunction.

Because of the hard work of clinicians and researchers, and the generosity of donors, no one in B.C. has to go into that fight alone. Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital and GF Strong work together to ensure those affected get the help they need, and donors are one of the most vital components in these efforts, says Barbara Grantham, president and CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

“Investment in technology like 3T MRI will increase both the capacity and accuracy of diagnoses of many kinds of conditions,” she says. “This is particularly important in light of B.C.’s aging population and the urgency of expanding care for age-related neurodegenerative diseases and for those who have been affected by cancer and stroke.”

Acquiring a new, cutting-edge 3T MRI machine will allow VGH to meet rising demand for imaging and provide British Columbians with access to the highest level of diagnostic accuracy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive technique used for diagnosis without exposing the patient to radiation.

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Barbara Grantham, president and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

“Unlike the existing 1.5T MRI machines, the 3T MRI has greater performance power and can assess tissue changes, such as those in the minute folds of the brain,” says Ms. Grantham. “With this extra power, clinicians have the capacity to view the smallest changes with a level of clarity that far surpasses any other image. For example, this means tumours are found earlier, diagnoses are more accurate and prognoses are better.”

A new 3T MRI machine at VGH will expand the hospital’s capacity for conducting MRIs, she adds. “This shortens the journey to the right treatment, lessening the worry patients and their families must endure at a difficult time in their lives. It ensures that help is there for us all when it’s needed.”

In order to provide more accurate diagnoses, accelerate research and innovation, and improve quality of life for those with brain injury or disease, donations are vital. That is why VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation invites donors like you to be catalysts to help provide the best care possible care for the people of B.C.


Produced by Randall Anthony Communications. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved in its creation.

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