News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Waitemata Patients To Have New State Of The Art MRI Scanner


www.waitematadhb.govt.nz

22 February 2013

Waitemata Patients To Have New State Of The Art MRI Scanner

Faster, more detailed medical scanning is on the cards for Waitemata district patients with a new state of the art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at North Shore Hospital.

The Waitemata District Health Board’s move to acquire a second MRI at a total cost of $2.9 million (including building fitout) will further enhance the DHB’s ability to diagnose and treat various medical conditions.

MRI uses powerful magnetic fields to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures, enabling health professionals to assess various parts of the body.

The new machine will have a higher magnetic field strength of 3 Tesla (3T), a significant improvement on the existing 1.5T scanner.

“Once operational in August this year, the new machine will enable us to further improve the image quality of our MRI scans and reduce scan times without compromising on image quality,” says Dr David Cranefield, Waitemata DHB clinical director for radiology.

A 3T Scanner is particularly important for imaging paediatric patients, and scans of brains and extremities, including peripheral vascular studies.

It is now the expected standard for many assessments, including paediatric brain scans, and for producing high quality angiograms to detect blockages to blood flow.

Waitemata CEO Dr Dale Bramley says the more powerful scanner will enable the DHB to perform many of the more complex scanning work in-house.

“Currently, much of this work is done at Auckland DHB. The new 3T scanner will enable us to provide these scans locally for people in our district.”

Dr Bramley says the 10-year-old 1.5T scanner remains a good machine for many everyday scans.

“Together, the two machines provide a good complement for our DHB, enabling best practice in diagnostic imaging.”

The new scanner supports three key DHB priorities for 2012/13:

• Improving population health outcomes
• Improved patient safety and experience
• Improved sustainability (ensuring DHB facilities and infrastructure keep up with the demands of a fast-growing population, and to provide as many of these services as feasible locally)

Radiology services at the DHB have expanded rapidly in recent years, with the opening of the new Advanced Interventional Radiology Suite last month and the acquisition of a second CT scanner at North Shore Hospital in late 2011.

The $2.8m Toshiba Aquilion ONE CT scanner at North Shore Hospital was the first of its kind in New Zealand, with North Shore Hospital acting as a reference site for other DHBs around the country.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news