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New state-of-the-art MRI scanner to be installed

One of the hospital's MRI scanners is being updated with a new magnet that will reduce service costs and improve a patient’s experience during a scan.

The installation process starts this weekend (15 December) with the removal of the old magnet from the MRI department. The magnet will be lifted out of the hospital by crane as it is too large to be removed through the corridors of the hospital.

The removal process will take place from 12am-2am overnight on Saturday/Sunday. A section of Longfleet Road outside the front of the hospital will be closed from 9pm-6am overnight Saturday/Sunday. Access to the ramp and the emergency department will be unaffected.

The new magnet will arrive on 16 February and, as it’s smaller than its predecessor, it will be delivered through the building rather than by crane and there will be no road closure.

The MRI department will have two rather than three operational scanners until April 2019 but the same number of patients will still be accommodated during this period. 

The magnet is part of a new MRI system released earlier this year. It utilises low helium technology and uses only seven litres of liquid helium instead of the previous 1,500 litres making the magnet lighter and also reducing servicing costs.

It will have enhanced features that will make it more patient friendly including the ability to watch a film or a TV show or listen to music during a scan. Scans will also be a quicker for some procedures.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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