MRI installation shortens waiting times and boosts staff motivation

The MRI department at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital welcomed mayor of Luton councillor Naseem Ayub to cut the ribbon marking the arrival of a new scanner. After two years of working on this challenging project staff are pleased to arrive at the end and see the work that has been done. A Philips UKI Ingenia 1.5T MRI with in-bore experience and ambient lighting has been installed, while two existing Achievas have received new Faraday cages with ambient light and now have dStream installed.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital's new Philips MRI
Senior radiographer Joseph Ofren, senior MRI radiographers Hema Mistry
and Helen Black, senior radiographer Jamal Saleh, senior MRI radiographer
Roza Jani, imaging clinical director Thay Iyngkaran, MRI manager Dario
Prudencio, imaging services manager Simon Nicholson, consultant radiologist
Dr Somasundaram Ramkumar and senior MRI radiographer Joan Holmes.

New Philips software has delivered more rapid scans, lowering scan time by 25 per cent. This has brought bookings down to less than two weeks and staff are all very motivated by the developments. The next goals are to scan patients with cardiac pacemakers, perform whole body scans and bring cardiac MRI in-house.

Lead picture: Imaging assistants Sharon Ford and Jae Corcoran, MRI clerk June Callaghan, senior MRI radiographers Hema Mistry, Arnold Manalastas and Stephen Mathew, imaging services manager Simon Nicholson and MRI manager Dario Prudencio.

Submitted by Dario Prudencio, MRI manager, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Published on page 16 of the July 2019 issue of RAD Magazine.

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