AROUND 6,000 patients a year are set to benefit from a brand new MR (magnetic resonance) scanner recently installed at North Manchester General Hospital.
The new £600,000 machine replaces the existing scanner which was a decade old. An additional £100,000 was spent on renovations to the scanner suite in preparation for the new equipment.
Housed in the radiology department at the hospital, it will be used for all inpatients and outpatients who are undergoing treatment at North Manchester General Hospital and will be used for musculoskeletal, neurology and oncology scans as well as angiograms.
Andrew Green, MR service manager, said: “The scanner at North Manchester General Hospital has undergone a new type of replacement programme. It is one of the first of this generation of GE scanners in the country to have kept the magnet in situ whilst the original hardware / software was removed and replaced with the latest versions. This cut the replacement time in half for obtaining the new scanner and getting it operational.
”The new scanner will provide vital state-of-the-art imaging for our patients in an attractive environment with music available to put patients at their ease and increase their comfort.
“Staff will be trained to use the latest technology and software to provide the very best image quality whilst reducing scan times and increasing patient tolerance.”
Paul Barker, senior directorate manager, radiology and neurophysiology, said: “It’s fantastic that North Manchester General Hospital is continuing to invest in the latest technology for radiology, to ensure patients are getting the most accurate and fastest diagnosis possible.”
Magnetic resonance (MR) scanning works by creating very strong magnetic fields and radio frequency waves to produce incredibly detailed images of inside the body without the use of ionising radiation or invasive procedures. The new scanner is a GE Signa Explorer.