QEH Eastlink Telethon raises more than $640K for new CT scanner
An increase of over $100K raised from last year’s telethon
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown will now be able to buy a new CT scanner after the QEH Eastlink Telethon over the weekend.
The fundraiser brought in $641,525 — an increase of more than $109,000 from last year's telethon — and reached the funding goal of $1.5 million to buy the new scanner a written release said.
"Completing the funding for the new CT Scanner is an incredible accomplishment for P.E.I.," said Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation Board chair in the release.
"We know this success will make an incredible impact on patients and their families."
The new scanner will be able to perform functions currently unavailable on the Island added Gailyne MacPherson, provincial director of diagnostic imaging.
One of those functions is fluoroscopy, an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the interior of an object.
"This new technology also means there will be considerably less radiation during patient scans," MacPherson said in the release.
Some of the money raised over the weekend will also go to other things like equipment for cancer treatment and some of the nursing units.
Eastlink has been providing the telethon production and broadcast, as well as arranging the entertainment, for 23 years.
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With files from Island Morning