Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge, Essex, has just celebrated scanning its 10,000th MRI patient.
The MRI scanner was opened in April 2009 by six-time Olympic javelin thrower, Tessa Sanderson CBE, and formed part of an investment programme for the private hospital worth several million pounds. Since then, the hospital has also invested in a CT scanner, and a combined X-Ray and Fluoroscopic scanner, which offers the very latest in 3D video imaging of hard-to-see places of the body such as internal organs.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is used to detect abnormalities and damage of all body parts including musculoskeletal, neurological and abdominal/pelvic areas. MRI uses a strong magnetic field with radio waves and not radiation. As such, it can be the scanning modality of choice, especially for sports injuries that may involve follow-up scanning. MRI produces image 'slices' in different directions to give the Consultant Radiologist a complete overview of the body part scanned.
The 10,000th scan was carried out on Mrs Wendy Allen, an ENT patient from Wickford in Essex, who was surprised but pleased to find out she was a ‘milestone’ patient for the hospital.
Carl Smith, Imaging Manager at Spire Roding Hospital, “We’re delighted to have been able to offer this service to so many people in such a short space of time. Many private hospitals take 5 years to see this number of patients, so we’re particularly proud of our achievement. MRI scanning is invaluable in diagnostic medicine, and helps to provide the speedy diagnosis that our private patients are looking for.”