The magnet, which is about the weight of a double-decker bus, was delivered and placed into the new scanning centre via a delicate crane exercise. The scanner will now undergo final preparation and testing before opening to patients in January.
The new MRI scanner will offer an improved service to patients who, until now, have used a mobile scanner which visits the hospital three times a week.
Mark Gilmour, Hospital Director, said “Our new MRI centre will offer excellent scan quality, convenient appointment times six days a week, and a comfortable environment for patients. It will be available to both privately insured and self-funding patients with a GP referral.”
The new MRI scanner will provide spinal, neurological, musculo-skeletal, orthopaedic, vascular, urological, abdominal and breast MRI procedures, in addition to those offered by the hospital’s existing imaging department including CT scanning, ultrasound, mammography and X-ray.