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

 

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news