PET CT staff receive thanks for help during flood

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 2:58pm

The positron emission tomography (PET) CT scanner at the VG site of the QEII has been doing double duty since January 2014 after a flood in the Dickson building.

A burst pipe in early January damaged several areas on floors 2, 3 and 4 of the Dickson Building. The heating pipe in a fourth floor exterior wall burst, sending water down to the two floors below.

The affected areas included the following:

  • Second floor: The CT simulator area and radiation oncology offices
  • Third floor: Hearing and speech and Ear Nose Throat offices
  • Fourth floor: Renal, transplant, echo, pain (clinic and research)

The CT simulator was too damaged to repair, and a replacement took two months to arrive. The simulator was used to prepare patients for radiation treatment for some cancers and the nearest working machine was in Cape Breton.

Staff in diagnostic imaging worked to ensure the PET CT scanner could be modified to do the work of the CT simulator in the interim and staff changed their shifts in order to accommodate as many patients as possible.

“We had really good teamwork and there was a lot of flexibility,” said Nuclear Medicine/PET CT team leader Christina Kelly.

“Radiation therapy shifted to earlier in the morning and we shifted to later on in the day,” explained Kelly MacLean, PET CT technologist. “It was far easier than expected.”

As a thank you, the Radiation Therapy staff presented the PET CT staff with a thank you plaque and a coffee break May 5, 2014.

“The important thing here is that we all worked together to ensure patients had the best care and treatment possible during this time. We are very grateful for everyone for being so accommodating,” said Raymond Wright, manager, Radiation Therapy.

Diagnostic Imaging staff took time from their thank you coffee break to pose for a photo with their plaque of appreciation. Pictured left to right are: Brian Martell, manager, Special Imaging; Kelly MacLean, PET CT technologist;  Dr. Steve Burrell, radiologist;  Christina Kelly, team leader; Susan Delaney, director, Diagnostic Imaging; Cindy Dorey, PET CT technologist; Dr. Andrew Ross, radiologist; and Jennifer Hiltz, PET CT technologist.