Fairfield installs first MRI for Bury area

MR service manager Andrew Green, lead radiographer Liz Ashburner and senior directorate manager Paul Barker.

Fairfield General Hospital in Bury has installed a Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5T MRI scanner, which will provide images for around 6,000 patients a year.  Housed in a brand new unit, the equipment scanned its first patient in mid-December.

“This is the first MRI scanner in the Bury area, which is a significant benefit for the stroke service already provided on site,” said lead MRI radiographer Liz Ashburner.  “Previously inpatients from the hospital had to be transferred to another hospital for MRI scans.  The shorter and wider bore combined with the ambient lighting, music and sky picture panels in the ceiling makes it a much more pleasant experience for patients and will help those who suffer from claustrophobia.  In the future we will also utilise the scanner to provide a cardiac MRI service on site.”

See the full report on page 11 of the May 2017 issue of RAD Magazine. 

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