JSCN Medical Clinic LP Partners, made up of James Smith Cree Nation (JSCN) and the DR Links Holdings Inc., together with Siemens Healthineers Canada, celebrated the opening of the National Medical Imaging Clinic and Education and Research Centre in Market Mall, Saskatoon today. The new clinic will provide medical imaging services for patients such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT), X-rays, and ultrasound. The National Medical Imaging Clinic’s Education and Research Centre, operating out of the same facility, will pioneer research into medical imaging techniques in partnership with Canada-wide educational institutions and Siemens Healthineers, and work to provide access to educational opportunities for students across Canada.
The National Medical Imaging Clinic and Education and Research Centre is a partnership between the James Smith Cree Nation and DR Links Holdings Inc. and will employ around 15 full time and 20 part time staff. The facility has one MRI, one CT and one X-ray machine purchased from Siemens Healthineers. The clinic also offers ultrasound scanning with five machines on hand to serve Saskatoon and patients across the province of Saskatchewan.
Of specific note is the purchase of the latest generation Siemens Healthineers 3 Tesla (3T) MRI system, the MAGETOM Vida. This system is the first 3T MRI scanner with BioMatrix technology, enabling the system to adapt to the unique characteristics of each patient it scans, while producing consistent, high quality images. The features of this system result in fewer rescans, predictable scheduling and standardized, personalized scans for high-end clinical routine as well as for clinical research purposes. This is the latest and most advanced 3T MRI in the province.
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In addition to providing much needed diagnostic services in Saskatoon and the Province of Saskatchewan, the National Medical Imaging Clinic will also serve as a research and development centre providing educational and research development opportunities to its partners across Canada.
“Working with the James Smith Cree Nation, the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, NAIT and Mitchener Institute, and Siemens Healthineers, we will collaborate on several research projects in medical imaging to further knowledge and ensure the availability of the latest technology across Canada,” said Dragan Racic, President and CEO, National Medical Imaging Clinic and Education and Research Centre . “This collaboration also involves a major educational component to use the newly purchased diagnostic imaging systems to train and educate current and future users in the area of medical imaging, providing continuing education and professional development programs for practitioners. We hope we can inspire youth from the James Smith Cree Nation and other Indigenous partners in Saskatchewan and Canada-wide to pursue post-secondary education and choose jobs in the health sciences fields, focusing on medical imaging.”