David Henderson, Executive Director of BMI The Kings Oak and Cavell Hospitals has this month welcomed the delivery of a new state of the art MRI scanner. The new equipment, a GE Optima MR450w open bore MRI scanner, will form the centre piece of the hospital’s new £1.7million imaging department and will create six new jobs in the local Enfield community.
The MRI scanner, which weighs the same as a double-decker bus, was crane-lifted into its final position on 18 January. The scanner will allow clinicians at the hospital to significantly expand the range of diagnostic services available to the local community. Unlike conventional MRI scanners, the open bore scanner does not require the patient’s whole body to be inside the machine. For most examinations, the patient’s head will remain outside the scanner. If it is necessary for the head to be positioned inside, the open bore scanner provides 30cm of space above their face, about twice that of a traditional MRI scanner. Aside from reducing patients’ anxiety this new technology allows the hospital to accommodate needs such as:
The investment into new equipment at The Kings Oak and Cavell Hospitals has been made possible through a partnership between the hospitals’ parent company, BMI Healthcare, and Alliance Medical Ltd. As part of BMI Healthcare’s partnership with Alliance Medical, the hospitals will also welcome the installation of the latest GE Optima 660 64 slice CT scanner.
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