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Windsor Regional Hospital getting new radiation machine

The exterior of the Windsor Regional Hospital emergency department on May 19, 2023.  (Jennifer La Grassa/CBC - image credit)
The exterior of the Windsor Regional Hospital emergency department on May 19, 2023. (Jennifer La Grassa/CBC - image credit)

Windsor Regional Hospital is getting a new radiation machine — something the hospital's CEO says is a long time coming.

The hospital currently has three of the linear accelerator machines, which conduct radiation treatments for cancer patients. The new fourth machine is expected to be up and running by late fall.

Bringing the machine online will free up capacity, allowing the hospital to replace its three aging machines.

David Musyj, Windsor Regional Hospital president and CEO, said at a hospital board meeting Thursday that the conversation about a need for a fourth machine for the Cancer Centre stretches back well over a decade.

Due to a lack of space, the machine will be set up in a building that will be attached to the Met Campus.

"Some might say, well, why are you doing this. Why don't you just wait for the new hospital? We need this now, we needed this a decade ago."