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Posted 12 February 2016 - 04:02 PM

New MRI scanner in New Plymouth expected to cut wait times by months

DAVID BURROUGHS

Last updated 20:56, February 10 2016

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Waiting months for an MRI scan should be a thing of the past in Taranaki with the arrival of a second scanning machine.

Taranaki Radiology installed a new German made MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine at its Vivian St
premises on Wednesday morning.

ACC branch manager New Plymouth Janet Tinson said about 25 per cent of Taranaki people currently needing an MRI were being sent outside the region to Palmerston North and Auckland.
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She said it was also common for patients to be waiting for two or three months, but having a second machine in the region would cut that down to two weeks, and possibly less than a week for urgent patients.

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"It's going to be a huge plus for the community and I think the orthopedic specialists will hugely benefit from the result they get back from these guys - better imaging," she said.

"And that's just got to be better for the people of Taranaki."

Taranaki Radiology owner Dr Alina Leigh said the new MRI would provide better images, which would make diagnosis easier.
"It's the best that you can get," she said. "It gives much more detailed images and it's also bigger so it'll fit our larger patients as well and people will feel more comfortable in the machine."

The MRI, which weighs eight tonnes, was lifted by crane off a truck before being pulled into a specially built room.

It will be installed on top of a metre of specially reinforced concrete and the walls of the room are lined with copper to contain and keep out radio frequencies, which can interfere with scans.

MRI scans can be used to help diagnose such things as brain tumours, musculoskeletal problems, spinal conditions or injuries, prostate issues and heart abnormalities.

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 04:03 PM

We would like to know why radiologists still insist on trying to tell patients that they need to have either Gadolinium or Buscapan prior to having MRI scans when the most modern age equipment is been used?

As a comparison it's a well known fact that mobile phones can and do indeed take very clear images so why has no "scientific data" been undertaken to see if there is still a need to subject people to what is an unnecessary process when having an MRI scan?


It's time for a change in mindset by some of those that have been in the Radiology field to come up to modern day services and practices.

Why also are patients not been provided with a copy of these MRI scans on a USB disk or other format for there own records and perusal?

We find it unbelievable in today's day and age that Medical Clinicians merely provide a basic written at times scantly detailed report and do not even have access on there electronic devices to show patients images taken of their own bodies.

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 04:27 PM

View Posthukildaspida, on 12 February 2016 - 04:03 PM, said:

We would like to know why radiologists still insist on trying to tell patients that they need to have either Gadolinium or Buscapan prior to having MRI scans when the most modern age equipment is been used?

As a comparison it's a well known fact that mobile phones can and do indeed take very clear images so why has no "scientific data" been undertaken to see if there is still a need to subject people to what is an unnecessary process when having an MRI scan?


It's time for a change in mindset by some of those that have been in the Radiology field to come up to modern day services and practices.

Why also are patients not been provided with a copy of these MRI scans on a USB disk or other format for there own records and perusal?

We find it unbelievable in today's day and age that Medical Clinicians merely provide a basic written at times scantly detailed report and do not even have access on there electronic devices to show patients images taken of their own bodies.


Hi all DarGem here. I have my images of my MRI scans on my left knee before i had arthoscopic surgery to see if there was any evidence of arthritis which is what those dopey clowns at acc are going on. I also have the report as well. I had arthroscopic surgery followed by antero medialisation tibial tubercle transfer. Try saying that fast x3. You would not get it out like me.
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