May 12, 2005

Judie Havers
Corporate Communications & Public Relations, LHSC
519-685-8500, ext. 58738

London Health Sciences Centre Installs Revolutionary CT Imaging Techinology

(LONDON, Ontario) - London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) announced today that it has acquired a new, state-of-the-art, CT imaging system from GE Healthcare. The LightSpeed VCT is GE's first Volume Computed Tomography system. LHSC can now offer an innovative way for its physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease and life-threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain.

LHSC physicians will now be able to capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, an organ in one second, and the whole body in ten seconds, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners. This speed will be especially helpful in shortening breath holds for geriatric patients, patients who are on ventilators and pediatric patients.

"Our new GE CT system will allow our physicians to perform new and enhanced procedures and obtain pertinent information in a more timely manner for diagnosing patients. This new technology is much more patient friendly as the scan times have been drastically reduced which, in turn, helps to reduce patient stress and anxiety," says Tony Dagnone, President and CEO, LHSC.

In a single rotation, the LightSpeed VCT creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient's anatomy for physicians at LHSC to analyze. From these images, physicians can view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping of a patient's heart.

"We'll be breaking barriers in speed and accuracy ofpatient exams, and will be able to offer new and enhanced diagnostic procedures, particularly for our trauma and pediatric patients, thanks to our new LightSpeed VCT," says Dr. Rethy Chhem, Chief of Radiology, LHSC. "Some Volume CT procedures can be done in only one simple exam, and this will greatly benefit both physicians and patients."

LHSC is first in Canada to offer the GE LightSpeed Volume Computed Tomography system.

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada's largest acute-care teaching hospitals, dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC has three sites - University Campus, Victoria Campus, and the South Street Site, along with two family medical centres and the London Regional Cancer Program. LHSC is the home of the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). The research arm of LHSC is Lawson Health Research Institute, which is also partnered with London's other teaching hospital, St. Joseph's Health Care, London. LHSC is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Physicians and staff at LHSC number close to 8,000 and together, they provide care for more than 600,000 patients each year.