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State-of-the-art MRI scanner unveiled at Bishop Auckland Hospital

A state-of-the-art MRI scanner which provides valuable new services to patients has been officially unveiled at the Alliance Medical MRI Unit at Bishop Auckland  Hospital.

In addition to providing faster, higher quality images, the 1.5 Tesla Siemens Avanto scanner will offer Bishop Auckland residents a more comprehensive range of scans as well as being able to accommodate claustrophobic and plus-size patients. 

The new service was officially unveiled at the Alliance Medical Bishop Auckland MRI Unit on 29 March by local Member of Parliament, Helen Goodman and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman, Tony Waites.

The upgraded scanner will give Bishop Auckland General Hospital the technology to provide new services such as scans of the liver and small bowel; breast and heart imaging and contrast enhanced angiography of blood vessels.  As a result, local patients will no longer have to travel to Darlington for these scans.

The machine also offers the option to scan nearly all examinations out feet first - making it easier for claustrophobic patients.  For larger patients, the scanner can support 250 kgs (31 stone), without table movement restrictions.

Dr Robin Mitchell, Medical Director for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We're delighted that Bishop Auckland Hospital is benefitting from this upgrade to its MRI scanner. It will give us better images, while offering the patient a more comfortable experience. This is great news for the hospital and the community."

This new service further cements the partnership between Alliance Medical and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which has been working to improve services to patients in the region since 2009. 

Commenting on the new service, David Loasby, Business Development Director of Alliance Medical, said: "We are delighted to be working with County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in order to bring this caliber of MRI service to Bishop Auckland. This important technology will offer radiologists better images, whilst providing the patient with a more comfortable experience. This is great news and goes to support our vision which is to empower local clinical teams with vital knowledge, in order to enable them to make informed decisions around patient care."

Published: 2 April 2012

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