By: 8 October 2019
Imaging procedures at National Spinal Injuries Centre to be enhanced and future-proofed with MRI system

A new-to-the-UK MRI system has been ordered for the first time to take its place at the internationally recognised National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. It is one of two MRI systems ordered by the Trust to future-proof imaging services.

The benefits of high productivity, patient comfort and greater clinical confidence will boost the standard of care delivered to patients, increase capacity and enable new research projects to be undertaken. 

Wycombe Hospital will be first to receive the new scanner later this year to replace an ageing system and support its busy district general imaging needs such as stroke and MSK research work. The Vantage Orian MRI will facilitate shorter patient scan times and therefore reduce appointment times for some examinations and enhance patient experience. This will help to drive improved throughput and meet the 13 per cent year-on-year increase in demand at the Trust for MRI examinations.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which includes the internationally recognised National Spinal Injuries Centre and busy 24-hour A&E department, will take delivery of its Vantage Orian MRI in 2020.

Deborah King, lead radiographer MRI at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We have great CT support service from Canon Medical Systems UK, so they were a natural choice to help us modernise our MRI facilities. With 22,000 MRI scans each year, and growing by double digits annually, we needed to replace old systems and get ourselves fighting fit to support patients into the future.”