Bundaberg Radiology operations manager Graeme Cashin farewells the old MRI machine and looks forward to the new one.
Bundaberg Radiology operations manager Graeme Cashin farewells the old MRI machine and looks forward to the new one. Mike Knott

Cranes to fit new machine

THE upgrade of the MRI machine at the Mater Hospital will not just be a case of moving the old one out and bringing the new one in.

To install the new machine, part of the hospital’s roof will need to be removed and the old equipment switched for the new with the help of cranes.

Bundaberg Radiology operations manager Graeme Cashin said the old MRI machine would start to be taken apart on Monday, with the switch scheduled for next Saturday.

“We’ve had this machine since 2005 and it was nine years old when we got it,” he said.

“We’ll be able to do everything we can do now, but just a lot quicker.”

Once the new MRI machine is in place, it will take another couple of weeks to install and calibrate it.

Bundaberg Radiology chief radiographer Tracey Thompson said the new machine would be able to perform scans up to 20% faster.

“We currently see about 80 people a day, so we are hoping that we can increase that amount with the new machine,” she said.

The quicker scan will also mean patients do not have to lie still for quite as long.

“The length of the tunnel will be shorter as well, so it will be a little more comfortable for patients who are claustrophobic,” she said.

The hospital’s MRI machine is the only one in the region which operates full-time.



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