The new MRI scanner is part of five-year radiology replacement programme that will see around £6 million invested in the latest digital equipment. The Trust has already replaced 10 X-ray and ultrasound machines as part of the programme with plans also to replace the CT scanner and other X ray rooms.
Tony Ley, Speciality Manager said: "The MRI scanner is used to examine soft tissue in the brain, spine, shoulders and knees and is the largest investment within the radiology equipment replacement programme."
"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."
Over the next 13 weeks, building engineers will dismantle the old scanner with its five-and-half-ton magnet and remove it through a hole in the side of the scanner building wall. The scanning room will be rebuilt and the new scanner manoeuvred in by crane, the same way as the previous model was put in.
While work takes place, MRI scans will be carried out in a mobile scanner in the lower spinal unit car park at the back of the hospital. The new scanner is scheduled to be operational early in the new year.
Mr Ley said: " During this period we will aim to keep disruption to a minimum and apologise for any inconvenience it may cause. The mobile scanner will be parked in the lower spinal unit car park where we have previously had the mobile breast screening unit. Next to the scanner, we will also provide a temporary waiting area in a portable building which will have heating, ventilation and comfortable seating."
Mr Ley added: "This really is a major service development for the hospital and the MRI scanner will provide real benefits for our patients and staff." Ends
Notes to editors:
An MRI scanner uses magnetic and radio waves to diagnose damage or abnormalities in the soft tissue structures of the body such as the brain, spinal cord, intervertebral discs, tendons and ligaments. The most common examinations using MRI are for the brain, spine, shoulders and knees, although it can also be used to produce images inside blood vessels, the liver and the breast.
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Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170