A Fredericton company says it’s investing $5 million to open a private medical clinic offering ultrasounds and advanced CT scans in Halifax.
Atlantic Medical Imaging is selling access to what it calls a revolutionary CT scanner, the Aquilion One Vision by Toshiba Medical.
“We’re offering capabilities that are limited [or] may not available in Atlantic Canada,” said CEO Jamal Instrum.
The company said the low-radiation machine offers better images for doctors.
“This is the most concentrated market in the area. You have the universities. You have the IWK, you have other health facilities so if you’re going to be opening a private medical facility in Atlantic Canada, you do it in HRM,” Instrum said.
So far the business plan is based on a private pay model. Fees start at $395 for an ultrasound and $895 for the CT scan.
Instrum said they’ve approached Nova Scotia's Department of Health, but the province hasn’t agreed to use the advanced imaging.
The company is hopeful.
“If the public system wants to utilize our services, we could do that through the public system where the public pays for it. We pay for the infrastructure and the operations,” said Instrum.
So far it’s a multi-million dollar gamble. Instrum said he’ll have an idea whether it pays off in as little as six months.
The Bedford clinic will open for business in March.