Facts & Figures


The Canadian healthcare system has much to be proud of. We enjoy equal access to state-of-the-art medical treatment with the highest caliber of medical professionals. Furthermore, critical illness does not have to go hand-in-hand with financial ruin. The system does, however, have its shortcomings….

Despite significant efforts, wait times remain at undesirable levels for certain procedures. Diagnostics are no exception, and MRI and CT scans are often delayed for many months at a time. Because immediate diagnostics can be critical to your cancer outcome, delays can be deadly. Some patients undergo several CT scans during initial treatment, exposing them not only to long delays, but to large doses of radiation as well.

PET/CT scans (which combine the two forms of imaging) can often reveal a more accurate diagnosis with one quick scan. There have been patients who were undergoing chemotherapy who were able to learn through PET / CT imaging that there was no cancer. There have also been patients who had completed therapy who were able to identify recurrent metastases with PET / CT scans. Treatment follow-up scans are common elsewhere.


Our facility, Premier Diagnostic Center, is the only private PET/CT scan facility that exists in Western Canada. As a Vancouver PET/CT scan provider, we want you to be properly educated about this form of imaging. Below are some eye-opening facts and figures concerning PET/CT scans.

Facts from the Canadian PET/CT report:

1. In 90% of cases, PET scan results helped doctors avoid additional imaging tests and procedures prior to devising treatment strategy.
2. In 70% of cases, PET imaging leads to cancellation of costly, high-risk surgical intervention that might not help.
3. PET imaging is the normal standard of care in diagnosis staging and treatment in most developed countries.
4. PET scans are capable of detecting cancerous cells at stages before they congregate to form a mass, or tumor.
5. In Canada, information derived from PET imaging changed treatment plans in 50% of cases (according to a study that was conducted in 2010).

Facts from the Journal of Nuclear Medicine :

1. As the most comprehensive oncologic imaging diagnostic tool,, PET/CT imaging has revitalized nuclear medicine and drawn a great amount of interest from the radiology community.
2. PET imaging with 18F-FDG diagnoses, stages, and restages many cancers with accuracies ranging from 80% to 90%.
3. FDG PET has proven itself as being superior to many conventional imaging methods for various cancers.
4. The practice of blending anatomic imaging information with molecular imaging information is a clinically meaningful diagnostics solution. Anatomic landmarks serve as a major benefit to molecular imaging, whereas anatomic imaging absent of molecular information is simply incomplete.
5. PET/CT imaging has become accepted in clinical practice, despite the fact that experience is still limited. In 2009, approximately 2,000 PET / CT scanners were installed in the United States, and approximately 350 were installed in Europe. There are only about 33 PET/CT scanners currently in Canada, and more than half of them are in Quebec.

Canadian Cancer Society Figures for 2013:

1. An estimated 187,600 new cases of cancer and 75,500 deaths from cancer were projected to occur in Canada in 2013. (The number of estimated new cases does not include 81,700 new non-melanoma skin cancer cases.)
2. It was estimated that 96,200 Canadian men would be diagnosed with cancer, and 39,400 men would die from cancer.
3. It was projected that 91,400 Canadian women would be diagnosed with cancer, and 36,100 women would die from cancer.
4. On average, over 500 Canadians were expected to be diagnosed with cancer every day.
5. On average, over 200 Canadians were expected to die from cancer every day.

Cancer statistics for British Columbia for 2013:

• It was estimated that 3,500 men would be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

• It was estimated that 570 men would die of prostate cancer.

• It was projected that 1,600 men would be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 

• It was projected that 650 men would die of colorectal cancer.

• It was estimated 1,500 men would be diagnosed with lung cancer.

• It was projected that 1,250 men would die of lung cancer.

• It was estimated that 3,100 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

• It was estimated that 600 women would die of breast cancer.

• About 1,300 women were expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 

• About 530 women were expected to die of colorectal cancer.

• It was projected that 1,500 women would be diagnosed with lung cancer.

• It was estimated that 1,150 women would die of lung cancer.

12,500 new diagnoses 
4,750 deaths
Read more statistics here.

If you are in need of a PET/CT scan in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, or another part of British Columbia, call Premier Diagnostic Center at (604) 678-9274 and schedule an appointment.

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