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Eight years ago, 49-year-old Alfonso began experiencing seizures, which rapidly became daily occurrences. The seizures dramatically affected his quality of life, making it difficult to work full-time.

His neurologist Dr. Jose Tellez-Zenteno at RUH recommended several medications but none helped. Alfonso then had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exam at RUH, but the results were normal, so it wasn't very helpful in determining if he would benefit from epilepsy surgery. He also had an electroencephalogram, showing that seizures were coming from both temporal regions.

Because RUH did not yet have a PET-CT scanner, Alfonso and his wife, Martha, made the hard decision to travel to Winnipeg for a scan of his brain, which indicated the right side was the most affected.

That's one of the reasons it was so important to bring PET-CT to Royal University Hospital. PET-CT is the most advanced type of full-body medical imaging currently available and can provide clinical information that is not available from diagnostic tests such as X-Ray or MRI.

The RUH Foundation partnered with PotashCorp to strengthen the roots of our community. PotashCorp matched donations up to $1 million, which means your donations went twice the distance. With your help, Saskatchewan's first PET-CT and Molecular Imaging Clinical Research Centre at RUH will attract the industry's brightest and best physicians and staff while providing the most advanced medical imaging technology to patients like Alfonso.

Alfonso's life has turned around. With the PET-CT results, Dr. Tellez-Zenteno was able to recommend surgery. A year later, Alfonso has only had two or three seizures, which his physician says is an excellent outcome.

Alfonso agrees. "I have my life back," says the father of two, who is now employed full-time and enjoying life.

He says it will make a big difference to neurology patients like him to have a PET-CT scanner in Saskatoon at RUH.

"l'm grateful I was able to get the scan and the surgery, but it will be nice for patients and their families to have the scan here and not have to travel."

To continue to help make that happen for other people like Alfonso, Courtney and their families by supporting research and education in nuclear medicine, you can donate here or by phoning our office at (306) 655-1984. 





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