£1.2m MRI suite scans first patients

Southport hospital’s new £1.2m MRI scanner suite has welcomed its first patients.

The radiography department at Southport and Formby District General Hospital was extended to accommodate the £500,000, seven-tonne machine which was lowered into position by a 50ft crane in September.

Jeanette Abraham, assistant director of operations for planned care, said: “This is a major investment which will help meet increasing demand for MRI services. A second scanner will also reduce waiting times for diagnostic investigations and, in turn, get patients home more quickly.”

The hospital’s existing scanner, which was installed in 2005, will be refurbished.

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a type of scanner that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.

The scans can be used to examine almost any part of the body and the results can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

Picture  ABOVE shows Superintendent Radiographer Janet Wallbank (left) and her staff in the MRI scanner suite with Trust chair Sue Musson and Executive Medical Director Rob Gillies (both second left) with Rajesh Gedela, Clinical Director for Radiology.

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 Picture shows radiographer’s view into scanning suite.

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