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Manitoba’s first cardiac CT scanner improves results

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation launched a major campaign to purchase and install a state-of-the-art dedicated cardiac CT scanner. Under the leadership of campaign Chair, Abdo (Albert) El Tassi, President of Peerless Garments, and anchored by a $1 million donation from Russ and Edna Edwards of WGI Westman Group Inc., Foundation donors enthusiastically rallied around the campaign to obtain this vital piece of equipment.

Russ and Edna Edwards, and Abdo (Albert) and Samira El Tassi. Thanks to their generosity and leadership, St. Boniface Hospital has a state-of-the-art cardiac CT scanner.

Russ and Edna Edwards, and Abdo (Albert) and Samira El Tassi. Thanks to their generosity and leadership, St. Boniface Hospital has a state-of-the-art cardiac CT scanner.

The impact of the cardiac CT scanner – the first in Manitoba – is significant, particularly in emergency situations. Locating and assessing coronary blockages typically requires a procedure called a catheter angiogram to take pictures of the heart. The test involves inserting a catheter into the arteries, usually through an incision in the groin. While it is still a common test, it can take up to three hours and there is a slight risk of infection.

The cardiac CT scanner, by comparison, can generate results in a matter of minutes. The equipment allows physicians to see 3D images of the heart at rest and when contracted, thereby providing important information about heart function and arterial blockages.

“The dedicated cardiac CT scanner will have a significant impact on patient care and research in Manitoba,” says Charles (Chuck) LaFlèche, President and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. “We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. El Tassi, and to all of our donors who supported this campaign for their generosity and foresight.”

Thanks to our donors, St. Boniface Hospital can acquire new equipment to diagnose and treat disease


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