Manning Base Hospital's state-of-the-art MRI (medical resonance imaging) scanner will be craned into the hospital on Tuesday, June 30.
A first for the Taree community, the MRI will be located in the recently completed medical imaging department on level two of the hospital's outpatients building.
Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said the MRI would be complemented by a new CT scanner, which also was due to arrive in the coming month and both machines will be up and running by August.
Mr Bromhead said the BioMatrix technology used by the MRI produces personalised exams for patients.
"It automatically adjusts to each patient, which results in consistent high-quality diagnostics and less rescans," he said.
"The fast positioning technology makes it easier for technicians to align patients in the machines."
The world-class MAGNETOM Lumina 3T MRI could conduct routine scans much faster and with greater detail than conventional systems withclinicians able to scan patients within 15 to 30 minutes.
Patients will have a more comfortable experience inside the machine because they are quieter, wire-free and have contactless monitoring.
"The MRI and CT machines will provide first-class, accessible and integrated medical services close to home for the community of Taree and the surrounding Great Lakes regions."
The machines will be calibrated and tested, with the first patients expected to use the new imaging services in August.
Mr Bromhead said stage one of the $40 million Manning Hospital redevelopment had to date delivered a new, purpose-built facility, providing:
- A new Medical Imaging Department;
- Enhanced cancer care and renal dialysis services for the communities throughout the Lower Mid-North Coast;
- A new patient and staff car park improving parking facilities, and
- Improved access for patients.
The NSW Government was committed to delivering on the election commitment of investing $10.1 billion for health infrastructure across the state over four years, Mr Bromhead said.
The MRI licence and funding for the machine was made possible with the strong representation and assistance of local federal Member for Lyne, David Gillespie.
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