Patients to benefit from new MRI scanner at Medway Maritime Hospital

Date: 22 August 2022

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Hundreds of patients will be able to benefit from vital scans every month thanks to a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner that has been installed at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The new mobile scanner (pictured) will help patients get their diagnostic appointments quicker and reduce the number of people waiting for scans, which has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic. The unit will be open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm, operated by qualified radiographers from the Trust’s Imaging Department.

Patients are typically referred for an MRI scan by their GP or hospital consultant. MRIs allow detailed images to be taken of the inside of the body, with doctors using scans to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and identify how effective treatment is. The MRI procedure is painless and safe; scans don't involve exposing the body to X-ray radiation, ensuring that patients who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of radiation – such as pregnant women, or those with allergies or kidney problems – can have an MRI scan where appropriate.

Jayne Black, Chief Executive at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This is fantastic news for patients – the procurement of a new scanner will add to our existing MRI facilities and boost our capacity at Medway, helping us to obtain high-quality images for our patients more quickly.

 ‘’On average, our expert radiographers will now be able to see an extra 400 to 500 patients a month as a result of the addition of this new scanner. They will be working seven days a week to help us reduce MRI wait times, and improve our medical imaging services.

‘’We know that there has been an increased need for services like these since the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope the installation of this new unit will help us meet the demand.’’

  • Summary:

    Hundreds of patients will be able to benefit from vital scans every month thanks to a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner that has been installed at Medway Maritime Hospital.