Spire Manchester Hospital invests £1.4m in state-of-the-art MRI scanner

21 August 2014

A new £1.4 million MRI scanner which is the most technically advanced in the region’s hospitals has been officially welcomed to Spire Manchester Hospital.

Sir Alex Ferguson opening Spire Manchester Hospital's new MRI scanner

To mark the occasion, Sir Alex Ferguson officially opened the new Magnetom Aera Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility at Spire Manchester’s radiology department. It is the first wide bore scanner to be installed in a private hospital in Greater Manchester. 

The Siemens 1.5 T scanner uses magnets and radio waves to produce 2D and 3D images of inside the body to provide images of joints, muscles, organs and tumours which can diagnose neurological diseases, cancers, injuries and degenerative conditions. The new scanner produces higher resolution images allowing for easier diagnosis. 

Spire Manchester’s new MRI scanner has been selected with patient comfort in mind, with the tunnel (bore) 10cm larger than conventional MRI scanners. It has been estimated that up to 10% of the population suffer from claustrophobia and the new wider bore gives a better patient experience.

Chris Chadwick, the Director of Spire Manchester Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be offering this state of the art technology here at Spire Manchester and continually investing in our hospital. We want to give our patients access to the very best diagnostic equipment. 

Inside the new MRI scanner, patients will be surrounded by colour changing lighting, imagery and a choice of music to further improve comfort whilst being scanned. It’s the only place where you can listen to your choice of music whilst enjoying the visual effects of a beach.

The radiography team at Spire Manchester also offer a visit of the MRI and radiology area before the scan, alleviating anxiety.

Mr Ashok Paul, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Manchester Hospital and club surgeon for Manchester United Football Club, commented: “When treating Manchester United’s players and Spire Manchester patients I need to know that I am offering the best possible level of care that I can. This investment by Spire Manchester shows the hospital’s commitment to provide the ideal environment for treating patients and to being at the forefront of medical technology.”
Huma Anwar, MRI radiographer, who has also worked at Spire Manchester for six years, said: “We’ve noticed a 10% reduction in patients asking for sedation so it really is worth investing in this equipment for that reason. It is fantastic for people of all ages but especially children.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, who currently lectures at Harvard in the business of entertainment, media and sports, is an UNICEF ambassador and director at Manchester United Football Club, said:  “I am very impressed with the leading facilities offered at Spire Manchester Hospital. As someone who has a lot of experience in getting sports professionals up to their personal best I respect Spire Manchester’s reputation as a centre of sports rehabilitation excellence.”

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