A new £1m scanner has been unveiled at a North East hospital that will help thousands of patients in the region.
The MRI facility at North Tyneside General Hospital will be used to scan almost any part of the body and diagnose neurological diseases, cancers, damage caused by sports or other injuries, as well as degenerative conditions such as arthritis.
Fabulous Flournoy, player coach at Newcastle Eagles, and Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth, opened the facility yesterday.
“As a professional sports player I often see injuries which need quick diagnosis and I am very impressed with the new facilities here and the significant investment going into the local NHS,” said Fabulous.
“I’ll certainly know where to come next time any of my team are injured on court!”
The MRI’s high quality 3D imaging and fast scanning rate means around 7,000 North East patients a year will be diagnosed and treated much quicker. The new diagnostic tool, provided and operated by InHealth, will be available seven days a week.
Mr Campbell said: “It is fantastic to have such a facility in the borough to enable residents to have their scan locally, seven days a week, and the fact that the new scanner will make people’s experiences even better is excellent news.”
Based in the newly-refurbished MRI Centre at North Tyneside General Hospital, the MRI scanner represents a £1.5m investment by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Mark Twemlow, consultant radiologist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to unveil our fantastic new MRI facility right here in North Tyneside which will give patients access to some of the very best diagnostic equipment in the world, let alone the NHS.
“The high quality 3D imaging also gives us a much more accurate picture of what is going on inside the body which ultimately means we can diagnose and treat our patients sooner.”