11 January 2017
New MRI facility at City Hospital brings great benefits to patients
Patients at City Hospital are now able to access an improved MRI
service, with the opening of a cutting edge new MRI facility.
The new facility enables patients to have scans using a brand
new, state-of-the-art scanner. The facility is situated in a brand
new, purpose-built building - and the £4.27 million project will
bring numerous benefits to the thousands of patients who attend
Nottingham's hospitals for MRI scans each year.
Jonathan Coupland, MRI Modality Manager at Nottingham University
Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, said: "The new MRI scanner is much
better than the one that we had before, and offers a better quality
of diagnostic imaging.
"The way the new facility is set up means that patients have
more space in the room where we have the scanner set up. Having an
MRI scan can feel claustrophobic, but we've aimed to make it feel
much less intimidating.
"Along with the MRI scanner itself, we have also invested in all
the latest equipment and software. One of the great benefits of
this is that we can now offer a critical care MRI service at City
Hospital, which is something we were unable to do with our previous
MRI facility on the site. Instead, all critical care patients were
having to be transferred to the Queen's Medical Centre - which
obviously presented both logistical complications and risks."
The new MRI facility at City Hospital is located on the
footprint of the old MRI building, which was closed in March 2016.
Over the last eight months, a temporary MRI facility has been
provided near to the hospital's maternity building while the new
facility has been construction.
Built in partnership with contractors Interserve, the new MRI
facility is housed in a single-storey building that is distinctive
due to its external vertical stripes. Like the MRI facility at the
QMC, it will be open seven days per week.
The new MRI scanner itself is a Siemens Aera 1.5T, and has been
acquired by NUH on a lease basis.