A MAJOR piece of Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital’s new MRI facility was literally slotted into place on Friday.
A state-of-the-art Philips 3T MRI scanner was installed by crane ahead of a planned July opening.
BHS deputy director radiology Craig Wilding said the machine would provide higher resolution imaging and faster scan times.
Mr Wilding said it would help improve the diagnosis ability for diseases such as cancer, improve neurological and spinal work and help with sports injuries. It will also assist in research, including in the dementia field.
“It will also ensure waiting lists are kept to a minimum,” Mr Wilding said.
Some BHS radiographers had trained in the scanner’s use and were keen to start operating the new technology, he said.
BHS chief executive officer Andrew Rowe said the new MRI facility would be located behind the existing radiology department and next to the emergency department for use by general radiology and emergency patients.
“The new MRI facility further enhances BHS’ diagnostic capability, complementing our extensive range of state-of-the-art, low-radiation dose x-ray and CT technologies and our newly installed ultrasound systems,” Mr Rowe said.
Testing and commission of the MRI is expected to begin in a few weeks. Work on the MRI facility began last November and is expected to be finished by July.
It will also include space for a second MRI machine as needed.