December 19, 2005


Elena Aggelopoulos
Director, Communications & Marketing
London Health Sciences Foundation

Judie Havers
Communications Consultant
London Health Sciences Centre
519.685.8500, ext.58738

Peter Fenwick
Director of Marketing, Diagnostic Imaging and Healthcare Services
GE Healthcare Technologies 905.858.6230

London Health Sciences Centre launches new technology and first international SPECT/CT Education Program

The new integrated SPECT/CT program is made possible through a $1 million donation from the Tevlin Family

London, Ontario, December 19, 2005 – London Health Sciences Centre announced today the acquisition of the new GE Infinia Hawkeye SPECT/CT (single-photon emission computed tomography) technology and the world’s first SPECT/CT Master Series Educational Program entitled “Introduction to Hybrid Imaging: Focus on SPECT/CT”.

London Health Sciences Centre’s new integrated SPECT/CT program will shape the future of patient care and research and is made possible through a $1 million donation from the Tevlin Family in honour of the late Martha Curgin, founding Executive Director of London Health Sciences Foundation.

The new integrated SPECT/CT program approach for London Health Sciences Centre will mean faster diagnosis and treatment of threatening diseases such as strokes, cancer, heart attacks and neurological disorders. It will improve and accelerate patient care, particularly in emergency situations, and decrease waiting lists and hospitalizations for diagnostic imaging procedures. Access to this equipment will also enhance the educational experience of medical students and residents at the Schulich School of Medicine at The University of Western Ontario.

“This innovative approach to imaging signifies a major investment in research for the benefit of tomorrow’s patient,” said Tony Dagnone, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre. “It has been made possible through the generous contribution of the Tevlin Family, our strong partnership with GE Healthcare, and ongoing collaboration within a number of hospital programs, including our research arm, Lawson Health Research Institute, and partners Robarts Research Institute and the Schulich School of Medicine at The University of Western of Ontario.”

To commence in 2006, the SPECT/CT Master Series Educational Program, affiliated with London Health Sciences Centre’s CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), includes GE Infinia Hawkeye technology, one of the world’s first SPECT/CT hybrid-imaging systems. The system offers unprecedented diagnostic confidence with both detection and precise localization of disease, as well as advanced attenuation correction.

"We are very excited to be working with London Health Sciences Centre to re-imagine molecular imaging," said Peter Robertson, General Manager of Sales with GE Healthcare Canada's Diagnostic Imaging Group. "Together we are exploring, from both clinical and engineering perspectives, optimal utilization of the hardware and workflow."

Supported by GE Healthcare, the SPECT/CT Master Series Educational Program will address numerous technical and clinical aspects, and provide hands-on training for this novel hybrid imaging technique. It will help new or experienced SPECT/CT users gain a thorough understanding of the technology in the areas of science, physics, clinical usefulness and interpretation. In addition to the hands-on workshops, other key topics will include practical fundamentals and quality control; patient preparation and imaging protocols; application in cardiology and oncology; and present and future radiopharmaceutical applications.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies that are shaping a new age of patient care. Its expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping physicians around the world develop new ways to predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease, so their patients can live their lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable health care providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases and other conditions earlier. Its vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention.

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About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada's largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; 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). 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.

About Lawson Health Research Institute
Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, is the research arm of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London. Lawson is one of the largest hospital-based research institutes in Canada and is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives by advancing the knowledge of how to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

About London Health Sciences Foundation
London Health Sciences Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1996 that links donors, health care consumers, the community and health care experts — including physicians, allied professionals, researchers, staff and educators — in pursuit of medical excellence at London Health Sciences Centre.