Former athletics star launches new state-of-the-art MRI scanner at University Hospital of North Tees

Monday, June 8, 2015

Former Olympic medallist and World Champion middle distance runner, Steve Cram CME, was on hand to help Alliance Medical and the University Hospital of North Tees to launch its new state-of-the-art MRI scanner at a special event on Friday (5th June).

Cram, who won gold medals at the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games as well as a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games, visited the hospital to cut the ribbon on the advanced 3T MRI scanner. 

The new Siemens 3.0T Magnetom Skyra MRI scanner replaces the existing 1.5T MRI scanner as part of a £1.6m investment by North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Alliance Medical.

The Trust chose the scanner that would improve patient experience and increase the department’s diagnostic productivity in order to help them to meet future demand for diagnostic services.  The scanner’s in-built cardiac imaging capability will also enable clinicians to carry out a greater range of cardiac examinations to ensure patients needing vital scans can be treated at a hospital closer to home rather than having to travel outside the region for a diagnosis. 

David Loasby, Business Development Director of Alliance Medical said:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and help them to deliver further improvements in diagnostic imaging capabilities at University Hospital of North Tees. The new scanner will provide high quality images and will enable the hospital to extend the range of examinations it can offer, helping to meet local demand and reduce waiting times for vital scans.”

Dr Matthew Trewhella, Clinical Director for Radiology at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are delighted to have Steve join us to officially open our new MRI scanner. This new equipment will mean that patients can be seen more quickly and the hospital can provide a full complement of MRI imaging to ensure the best levels of diagnosis and treatments for our patients.  The ability to perform cardiac examinations is particularly beneficial and will allow more patients across Teesside to access the scans they need locally.”

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