More patients will be able to have a scan closer to home now a new MRI machine has been approved for Gisborne Hospital.
The state-of-the-art MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine will replace the hospital’s 10-year-old machine. MRI technology has vastly improved in the past decade and the new equipment will be an essential diagnostic tool.
Our goal is to be able to provide outstanding healthcare here in Tairāwhiti with access to quality imaging. MRI is a non-invasive way for a medical professional to examine organs, tissues, and the skeletal system. It produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body that help diagnose a variety of conditions.
In Gisborne, most patients are having abdominal, musculoskeletal, and neurological scans. The new machine has faster scanning capabilities than the previous one, creating a more comfortable experience, and allowing for even more people to be seen each day.
The new machine’s software processes higher-quality images assisting with accurate diagnoses. Another advantage of the upgraded technology is that heart and prostate images, which are currently processed offsite, will now be processed in-house.
The MRI is a huge investment for Tairāwhiti residents. It’s hoped the $2.8 million project will be in place in the middle of next year.