Canada’s first emer­gency de­part­ment MRI an­nounced

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Med­i­cal teams and pa­tients at the QEII Health Sciences Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax will soon have faster ac­cess to crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion needed for di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of trau­matic brain in­juries.

A part­ner­ship be­tween Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity and Sy­nap­tive Med­i­cal Inc. will see the in­stal­la­tion of a ded­i­cated mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing ma­chine, com­monly known as an MRI, in the emer­gency de­part­ment.

MRI ma­chines use power- ful mag­nets and com­put­ers to take de­tailed pic­tures in­side the body. The new ma­chine has been de­signed specif­i­cally to screen the brain fol­low­ing trau­matic in­juries.

Over the next three years, the Biomed­i­cal Trans­la­tional Imag­ing Cen­tre at Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity will work with Sy­nap­tive Med­i­cal Inc. to study the im­pacts of the MRI’s use in the emer­gency de­part­ment. The re­sults could de­ter­mine a new stan­dard of care in emer­gency de­part­ments across Canada.

“This pro­ject places Nova Sco­tia at the fore­front of health- care in­no­va­tion in Canada,” said Labi Kousoulis, Min­is­ter of Labour and Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Re­search Nova Sco­tia. “(The) an­nounce­ment is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how in­vest­ments in re­search can have a real and last­ing im­pact on the lives of Nova Sco­tians.”

The Re­search Nova Sco­tia Trust con­trib­uted $1.26 mil­lion to the pro­ject, which is be­ing led by Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity. Other fund­ing part­ners in­clude Sy­nap­tive Med­i­cal Inc., which has in­vested $1.4 mil­lion through in-kind con­tri­bu­tions, and At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA), which pro­vided $700,000 to­ward the pur­chase of the MRI.

“Nova Sco­tia is a hub of cut­ting- edge sci­en­tific re­search, learn­ing and dis­cov­ery,” said Gail Tomblin Mur­phy, vi­cepres­i­dent of re­search and in­no­va­tion at the health au­thor­ity. “Through the ap­pli­ca­tion of in­no­va­tion and re­search in health and health care like this, Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity is able to en­sure that we are em­ploy­ing the ben­e­fits of tech­nol­ogy break­throughs for en­hanced qual­ity and safe pa­tient care.”

The MRI is ex­pected to be in place by Sep­tem­ber. The re­search pro­ject will take three years.

“This pro­ject sup­ports ground­break­ing work by some of the prov­ince’s lead­ing re­searchers,” said Colin Dodds, trustee of the Re­search Nova Sco­tia Trust. “The trust is proud to sup­port in­no­va­tive re­search projects that al­low us to at­tract and re­tain the very best re­search tal­ent.”

Since its cre­ation in April 2017, the Re­search Nova Sco­tia Trust has pro­vided $20 mil­lion in fund­ing to 53 re­search projects.

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