“This is the 3rd MRI system at RCHT, the Philips Ingenia MRI, which has a superior complex scanning capabilities for difficult to image areas of the body such as the heart, gut and vessels” explains Imaging Lead, Emma Spouse.
“This new scanner will enable Imaging to reduce scan waiting times for patients, provide additional short notice slots for cancer patients so that they can be diagnosed and commence treatment more quickly, and will enable delivery of an extended MRI service to midnight 7 days a week.”
The scanner is designed to make the patient experience a little less daunting, with a virtual skylight above the bed and mood lighting in the room to help patients feel more relaxed, which was generously donated by the RCHT League of Friends. It also comes with a 10cm wider central core (increased from 60-70 cm) which means it will no longer be necessary to send a small number of patients out of county for their scan.
Bryson Pottinger, Clinical Director for Clinical Support & Cancer Services at RCHT, officially opened the unit and stated how delighted and proud he was to see this new scanner in action. He said:
“With the improvement in the quality of images obtained on the new scanner, we expect to provide more detailed diagnostic images and to help a wide variety of clinical specialist teams in managing some of the more complex medical conditions seen at RCHT.”
Representatives from Philips and Lamboo were present at the opening, as well as Kate Shields, our new Deputy Chief Executive and members from Estates and Imaging.
The project has required precision planning by RCHT’s estates development team and the suppliers, as the scanner has been one of the trickiest pieces of equipment to be installed at the hospital, slotting into a small site adjacent to the Tower Block.
The entire project, including preparation works represents an investment of around £2 million. It has been called the ‘Tennvenek Unit’ – using the Cornish word for magnet!