£3.8m for new state-of-the-art MRI scanner

State-of-the-art scanning equipment has been installed in the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Ultra-modern diagnostics facilities have been put in place, making the latest technology available to patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The facilities, which include an MRI scanner, two CT scanners, four digital x-ray systems and three digital mobile x-ray machines are some of the most advanced in the world and represent an investment of £3.8m, and produce the highest quality of images.

The MRI scanner has a much wider area for patients to lie down, helping to reduce the feeling of claustrophobia, and make the procedure much less daunting.

Dr Rahul Dharmadhikari, consultant radiologist and trust-wide clinical lead at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our new hospital is at the forefront of emergency medicine in the NHS and it was extremely important for us to have the best diagnostic facilities for patients which use the latest technology.

“It is vital for us to have equipment which will give us the highest quality images and a much more accurate picture of what is going on inside the body.”

“This means we will be able to diagnose our patients quicker and work with specialists at the new hospital to start treatment much sooner than we can currently.

“We fully understand that having a test can be daunting for patients, particularly in an emergency situation, and we are always looking for ways to improve our patients’ experiences of having tests.

“Our new MRI scanner, with its much larger area, will reduce feelings of anxiety and claustrophobia and patients using our new CT scanners also receive a much lower dose of radiation thanks to the new technology we’ve invested in.”

Planned diagnostic tests and investigations will continue to take place at the trust’s general hospitals at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck which are also benefitting from investment. A new CT scanner will be operational from North Tyneside in June and last year a new MRI scanner was unveiled at North Tyneside and a new CT scanner opened at Hexham.