Dickson building's flood-damaged CT simulator out for weeks

It will be at least several weeks before a $1-million CT simulator soaked in a recent flood at the Victoria General's Dickson building is back up and running.

Capital District Health Authority says fix or replacement 6 to 8 weeks away

It will be at least several weeks before a $1-million CT simulator soaked in a recent flood at the Victoria General's Dickson building is back up and running.

John Gillis, a spokesman for the Capital District Health Authority, said Wednesday the piece of equipment requires "extensive repair or replacement."

"It's still to be determined but we expect it will be out of use at least six to eight weeks," said Gillis.

He said in the meantime, the diagnostic imaging unit will be helping to manage the volume of patients by using the PET-CT scanner.

Gillis said a heating pipe on the fourth floor burst on Jan. 4, sending water through two floors below. The Dickson building is on the Victoria General site of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

The expensive machine was bought new in 2008.

CT simulators allow for precise treatment when targeting tumours in cancer patients.

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