Cameco has donated funds to the North Shore Health Network Foundation to purchase a piece of equipment to assist with bone assessment.
According to the release, the equipment called a bone mineral densitometer that helps assess bone health and fracture risk will be installed at the Blind River network site but will serve all three local area health providers.
Cameco provided nearly $24,000 from its Giving Program and employees matched the funds providing the network with just over $47,000.
The densitometer focuses on weight-bearing bones and can determine if someone has osteoporosis or osteopenia.
WEB: The equipment assists a variety of patients, including those who are postmenopausal, over 50 years of age, who have experienced a loss of height, been on steroid medications long term, had a transplant and have had a fracture over the age of 50.
The network says having the equipment available in the local area will help shorten wait times and decrease travel time and expenses.