Department of National Defence continues investment in Health Care for Canadian Armed Forces Members

From: National Defence

Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, puts the people who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) at the heart of everything we do. It is why the Government of Canada is ensuring Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are well supported and resilient, both physically and psychologically.

As part of this commitment, the Department of National Defence has invested in a new deployable containerized computed tomography (CT) scanner. This new scanner will ensure that doctors from the Canadian Forces Health Services Group have the modern technology they need to effectively diagnose traumatic injuries and multiple medical conditions. The scanner also supports our commitment to providing modern, first-rate medical care to our members.

CT scanners are used to take multiple images of the body from different angles and can be used to examine internal injuries from trauma, diagnose diseases, or plan for medical treatments such as surgery. The scanner has been designed with rapid deployment in mind, providing hospital-standard information within a few hours. Without the need for specialized lifting equipment or time consuming calibration, it can be operated in a variety of environments, saving valuable time in critical situations.

The containerized CT scanner was delivered to CFB Halifax on June 19, 2020 and has been tested to ensure that it meets the needs of the CAF and its medical professionals. The equipment will be used in global deployments by the 1 Canadian Field Hospital and, when not deployed, will serve the military population located in Halifax and its surrounding bases. This contract, valued at $2.8 million including taxes, was awarded to Marshall Aerospace Canada Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario. This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to support local Canadian industry.

Quotes

“Taking care of those who serve Canada is the core of a strong, secure, and engaged military. No matter where our members are serving, on military deployments or humanitarian relief missions, they deserve the best possible medical equipment and treatment. This investment of a new deployable CT scanner will ensure that our members continue to receive world class healthcare, and illustrates our commitment to supporting those who serve and defend Canada’s values, both at home and abroad.”

– The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“This investment provides all those in uniform with lifesaving mobile medical technology when and where they need it. This contract for critical medical equipment and the training to use and maintain it effectively will allow our Canadian Armed Forces members to continue performing their vitally important work.”

– The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“The members of the Canadian Armed Forces make us proud every day, representing Canada. They are dedicated, skilled, and selfless members of our community in Halifax and they deserve the best care and equipment we can provide. With this investment, I’m thrilled that our government has once again demonstrated a commitment to the exemplary members of our Armed Forces here at CFB Halifax.”

– Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax

Quick facts

  • Following an open and competitive process, the contract was awarded on June 19, 2019 to Marshall Aerospace Canada Inc. Equipment then underwent regular acceptance testing, which was successfully completed in October 2020.

  • In addition to body trauma, the scanner’s full body scan function can also be used to help identify sources of infection, post-operative complications, and other conditions including strokes, pulmonary arterial clots, and innumerable medical conditions affecting our soldiers and local nationals.

  • The CAF has purchased one CT scanner system and training services for both operators and Biomedical Electronics Technologists to maintain and repair the equipment. The contract includes an option to purchase an additional CT scanner system in the next three years.

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