A crane will hoist the magnet over the roof of the scanner building onto a specially prepared platform 20 feet above the ground and the magnet carefully manoeuvred into position on roller jacks.
Building engineers started the major 13-week project on October 29 to install the powerful new £1 million (MRI) scanner. Since then building engineers have dismantled the old scanner magnet and removed it through a hole in the side of the scanner building wall. The scanning room has been rebuilt ready for the new scanner to be put in by crane.
Tony Ley, Speciality Manager said: "The new scanner will be more powerful and faster than our existing nine-year-old model and, with the latest digital technology, will enable our staff to carry out a whole new range of scans. The new scanner is scheduled to be operational early in the new year." Ends
Notes to editors:
Photographers are invited to attend the magnet hoist, which will take place on Saturday, December 1 and will be asked to meet in main reception at 10am. Photographers must contact Patrick Butler (details below) by no later than 4pm on Friday, 30 November 2007 if they would like to attend.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170