Rapid and accurate medical assessments can make all the difference to a patient’s recovery and quality of life, whether they are suffering from cancer, a stroke or a serious injury.

Diagnostic Services gives our medical professionals the information they need to help diagnose and treat patients in every area of care in our hospitals. This absolutely essential component of patient care includes Medical Imaging and Laboratory Medicine.

Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals use sophisticated diagnostic equipment to offer a full range of Medical Imaging services including ultrasound, mammography, MRIs, nuclear medicine, x-ray, bone density scans and fluoroscopy. Medical Imaging helps our medical teams care for a wide range of patients, from athletes with fractured bones to women with high-risk pregnancies.

More than 276,000 medical imaging procedures were performed last year in our hospitals, including 22,701 MRI scans and 51,376 CT scans — and every one of those procedures helped to determine the best medical care for someone in our community.

Laboratory services play a major role in diagnosing and treating health conditions. Between 70% and 80% of all health care decisions are influenced by laboratory medicine results and more than 4.8 million lab tests were performed last year at our hospitals. These included enzyme levels in blood to determine whether a woman had a heart attack, blood-glucose levels of a child with diabetes, and compatibility testing on donor and recipient for a blood transfusion.

Better, faster and more reliable testing frees laboratory technicians to dedicate more time to analyze and interpret information, and gives doctors the results they need with a higher degree of accuracy.

Rapid advances in diagnostic medicine help ensure hospital efficiency and the most beneficial therapies. Earlier detection and diagnosis allows patients to begin necessary treatment as soon as possible, improving their chances for recovery.