The new scanner is more powerful and faster than the previous nine-year-old model. This not only enables radiographers to see more patients, but will also ensure that patients spend less time in the scanner itself. New state of the art technology also gives staff the flexibility to carry out a more varied range of scans.
Tony Ley, Speciality Manager said: “The MRI scanner is used to examine damage or abnormalities in the soft tissue structures of the body such as the brain, spinal cord, spinal discs, tendons and ligaments and is vital in diagnosing a whole range of conditions and injuries.”
“A faster machine has several benefits for patients. Firstly, it will help reduce waiting times further for MRI examinations, with patients being seen within six weeks and lower. Secondly, the new scanner could reduce scanning times by around 40% in the majority of examinations and 50% for a head scan."
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.
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:
The introduction of a new MRI scanner replaces an older model, which was introduced to Salisbury District Hospital in 1998 – the 50th year of the NHS.
This new model is one of a number of achievements that will mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS, which takes place this year.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170