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BHP has donated $CAD1 million ($1.1 million) to the Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon, Canada.

The investment will fund new state-of-the-art digital technology for RUH’s two busiest X-ray suites.

The new technology will replace outdated computer and lengthier film-based processes that have been in use for almost 20 years at the hospital.

The aim is to give medical teams throughout RUH instant access to higher-quality images allowing for quicker decision-making and implementation of treatment plans.

“BHP’s generous gift will launch RUH into a new era of X-ray imaging that produces higher quality images faster while using a much reduced dose of radiation making the environment safer for both patients and medical teams,” Saskatchewan Health Authority chief executive officer Andrew Will said.

“Better image quality leads to more accurate diagnosis resulting in more timely and effective treatment.”

BHP asset president – potash Karina Gistelinck said the company is proud to invest in the Saskatchewan community.

“BHP is honoured to help bring new state-of-the-art X-ray technology to the RUH to support advanced care and ultimately save lives in the province,” she said.

“There is nothing more important than the health of our families and loved ones. We are proud to be a part of the Saskatchewan community and to play a role in supporting the health and wellness of the broader community.”

The Big Australian recently showed its support for quality medical care on Australian soil with a $825,000 donation to the Ear Science Institute Australia’s Healthy Ears on Country program.

The money will also be used to purchase specialist equipment, pay additional staff and provide training for local healthcare providers.