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Calgary to receive new diagnostic tool, facility to diagnosis and treat deadly diseases

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WATCH: The Alberta government has announced funding for Calgary’s first cyclotron and a new radiopharmaceutical facility. As Tomasia DaSilva reports, the new technology could help diagnose and treat patients faster and better. – Jul 15, 2021

Alberta is committing more than $18 million over the next three years to build Calgary’s first cyclotron and a new radiopharmaceutical facility.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the funding is a part of the government’s $3.4-billion plan to build new health facilities, equipment and information systems across the province.

The exact location of the new cyclotron and radiopharmaceutical facility is still being finalized.

Read more: Saskatchewan cyclotron to help patients get a PET-CT scan sooner

A cyclotron is a machine that is used for medical imaging, therapy and research.

Shandro says the supply of radiopharmaceutical drugs can also help diagnose and treat many types of cancers, bone disease, strokes, epilepsy or dementia.

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He says the technology already exists in Edmonton.

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