Fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital

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We’re pleased to announce that we will be raising funds on the 24th and 25th of October (Friday and Saturday) for the BC Children’s Hospital to buy a 4D Ultrasound Machine. All proceeds from your eat-in and take-out orders between 11am to 10pm on those two days will be donated.

Alternatively, you can make a donation online. A tax receipt will be issued for qualified donors.

For further information, please call 604-568-9008.

Ultrasound machines for Radiology
Cost: $206,313

BC Children’s Hospital treats the sickest and most critically injured kids in this
province. For many of these children, a quick and accurate diagnosis is key to
successful treatment and, often, a speedy recovery from their injury or illness.
Ultrasound, a type of imaging technology, offers the medical professionals at
BC Children’s Hospital a safe and painless way to rapidly assess the
condition of sick children and provide timely and appropriate treatment.

Ultrasound works by producing pictures of the inside of the body using sound
waves, through small transducer (or probes) and ultrasound gel placed
directly onto the skin. High-frequency sound waves are then sent from the
probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that
bounce back and a computer uses these sound waves to create an image.
Ultrasound is safer and less invasive than X-ray because the patient is not
exposed to radiation. Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time they
also provide more detail than X-rays, showing the structure and movement of
internal organs as well as blood flow.

The technology is incredibly useful for BC Children’s Radiology team, which
performs more than 9,000 ultrasound exams annually and provides diagnoses
for close to 75,000 children every year. This highly skilled team of caregivers
uses ultrasound to examine these young and sometimes critically ill or injured
children for pain, swelling and infection. Using ultrasound, specialists are able
to accurately diagnose infants with brain and hip problems, patients with
conditions affecting their liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys,
bladder, uterus and ovaries, as well as to examine babies in-utero (in the
womb).

In addition to enabling the quick diagnosis of children, ultrasound machines
are also used to perform life-enhancing and, at times, life-saving procedures.
These include needle biopsies, in which needles are used to take samples
from abnormal cells for laboratory testing. Results are used to support
diagnosis and to determine the treatment plan for children with a variety of
issues such as cancer and heart conditions, including valve problems and
congestive heart failure.

The hospital currently needs two new ultrasound machines to replace older
models that have outdated technology and are starting to falter, which can
jeopardize the accuracy of diagnosis.

Purchasing two new ultrasound machines for the Radiology Department will
ensure:

  • the 9,000 children who currently require ultrasound examinations every
    year at BC Children’s Hospital will be correctly diagnosed for their
    conditions and will not have to wait to receive the treatment they need;
  • the children who are currently waiting for an ultrasound exam will be
    seen faster, helping to speed diagnosis and treatment;
  • the medical professionals at BC Children’s Hospital are able to
    continue to offer high-standard, non-invasive diagnosis for children.

The Radiology Department at BC Children’s Hospital

Every year, BC Children’s Hospital’s Radiology Department diagnoses close
to 75,000 sick and injured children in the province. The Radiology Department
provides a complete range of primary and tertiary diagnostic imaging, and
image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic services to children from around the
province, particularly the radiological management of unusual, complex or
therapeutically demanding problems in infants and adolescents.

The team is involved in diagnosing and treating a diverse patient population.
Services include radiography, computed tomography (CT scans), ultrasound,
nuclear medicine, bone density, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), vascular
and interventional procedures, and cardiac imaging. These procedures help
patients in critical care, cardiac sciences, oncology, neurology, general
surgery, gastroenterology and developmental pediatrics.

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