28 November 2017

A new MRI scanner has been lifted into place at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) as part of a £1.7 million investment.

The new scanner is lifted into place

The scanner – which aims to improve treatment and offer faster and more accurate information – was installed at the Treatment Centre on Sunday (26 November).

A second MRI scanner is to be installed at RSH by the end of March 2018 – thanks to generous funding by the League of Friends of the RSH. It will bring the total number of new MRI scanners to three – with the first craned into place at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford in August.

Glen Whitehouse, Radiology Centre Manager at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the RSH and PRH, said: “The new scanner will come into clinical use in the second week of January 2018 when work will begin

The scanner is moved into its new home

replacing the current machine. In April, the new MRI suite will be completed with the two new machines installed back to back. This will give us the vital capacity we need in order to meet the growing demand for this advanced imaging modality.”

The new state-of-the-art MRI scanners mean that patients will benefit from the most up-to-date technology, providing more advanced and high quality images as well as an enhanced patient experience with its wider bore. They also mean faster and more detailed examinations of almost any part of the body, the results of which can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.