March 10, 2016 8:43 pm
Updated: March 11, 2016 6:06 am

Power outage at U of M’s McDermot Avenue campus delays dozens of patients’ scans

Four floors and an important scanner are without power after a sewage back up resulted in a power outage at the U of M's McDermot Avenue campus.

Christopher Stanton / Global News

WINNIPEG — A sewer back-up has led to a power outage effecting four floors and damaging an important scanner at the University of Manitoba’s Buhler Centre located at the Health Sciences Centre’s Winnipeg campus.

The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CT scanner that was damaged in the outage is used to detect and monitor conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer and heart disease.

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Approximately 25 scans have been cancelled and 10 more scheduled for Friday will have to be postponed, according to a news release Thursday. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority expects more scheduled scans to be affected for “much of next week.”

“We fully understand the seriousness of the temporary loss of our PET CT scanner. Many of our patients are oncology patients, including a small number of children,” Dana Erickson, Chief Operating officer with the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg said in the release. “Once power has been restored we will prioritize patients according to their urgency for care and increase our capacity as rapidly as possible.”

An order for the customized parts necessary to regain power have been ordered. The university believes power will be restored by the end of next week.

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