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
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital