CareImaging offers a national Canadian solution to the Radioisotope problem by proposing up to 50 mobile cancer diagnostic clinics



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - CareImaging Cancer Diagnostic Centres
announced the establishment of the "Fix the Radioisotope Program", and is
making an offer to hospital administrators across Canada to fulfill the need
of Canadian cancer patients for Bones Scans by using an alternative advanced
state-of-the-art technology and alternate sources of radioisotopes beyond the
current technology that requires radioisotopes largely supplied by the
now-shutdown Chalk River Nuclear Reactor. The program is subject to Health
Canada and multi-jurisdictional Ministries of Health approvals.
    The CareImaging plan is asking hospital executives across Canada to apply
to receive a tractor/trailer unit housing a mobile PET (positron emission
tomography) scan clinic which will become attached to their hospital as a
temporary or permanent cancer nuclear imaging diagnostic clinic. A
radioisotope generated in a cyclotron, a particle accelerator, is used as the
alternative radiopharmaceutical injectible into the cancer patient. The
patient enters the state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging room inside a tractor
trailer and Bone Scans are performed. Nuclear medicine-based cardiac scans
also severely limited by the radioisotope shortage can also be effectively
performed using a mobile PET scanner. PET scanning is currently approved in
most countries of the world but is only routinely available in Canada for
health coverage reimbursement in Quebec.
    Ghassan Barazi, CareImaging President and CEO stated, "We have the
availability of up to 50 mobile PET scanners. We have a stationary
privately-owned PET scan cancer diagnostic centre in Mississauga, Ontario and
have just moved our first mobile PET scan clinic into place in Windsor,
Ontario.
    We plan to work with local hospitals and medical communities and assist
them in getting political and Ministry of Health support to endorse this
instant solution. We, at CareImaging, will secure alternate sources of
radioisotopes which will fix the problem for communities signing up to join
our "Fix the Radioisotope Program". Hospitals joining the program will be
treated on "a first come, first served basis" tempered by medical need. 
Locations selected also are subject to an evaluation of the proximities of
cyclotrons which produce and sell radioisotopes utilized with PET scanners. 
Hospital executives should call me if they want to join our program".
    Dr. Kevin Tracey, a leader in PET scanning and Nuclear Medicine in
Canada, and Medical Director of the CareImaging Windsor PET Centre stated,
"Hospitals across Canada are on the verge of a crisis. A backlog of cancer
patients needing a bone scan for staging and treatment planning will soon
reach unacceptable levels. We were delighted to be the first to accept a joint
venture with CareImaging and within 30 days of our decision we have a mobile
PET scan suite in place in Windsor. We intend to be fully operational in the
next 30 days".

    About CareImaging

    CareImaging Cancer Diagnostics Centre head office in Mississauga, Ontario
is the only private PET scan clinic in Ontario, performing PET Scan in its
main location in Mississauga under a clinical trial approved by the government
of Canada. CareImaging is a developmental stage company dedicated to being the
leader in bringing PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and PET/CT (Computed
Tomography) technology to Canadians.





For further information:

For further information: Ghassan Barazi, President,
gbarazi@careimaging.com, Cell: (248) 990-1964

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