Hospitals across the UK have upgraded MRI facilities following a £200 million investment as part of a government commitment to improving screening and diagnostic services. Magnetom Sola MRI systems from Siemens Healthineers are being installed as part of the drive. Eleven of these systems are installed in new relocatable modular solutions, supporting the NHS to maintain service delivery during COVID-19 and beyond.
At St Albans City Hospital, a relocatable modular solution has been installed to support restructuring within West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. “The modular solution has been able to enhance the diagnostic facilities on the site and support our clinical strategy,” explained trust radiology services manager Nuala Littlechild. “The Magnetom Sola has been sited in a modular solution providing extensive support to all our patients, especially our cancer patients and those having planned surgery on this site.”
As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, and in line with recommendations from Professor Sir Mike Richard’s Recovery and Renewal report, investment in imaging equipment has led to a second wave of upgrades in hospitals across the UK. With MRI, CT and mammography services among those seeing sustained growth in demand, access to new technology is key to ensuring the NHS meets targets to diagnose three-quarters of cancers at an early stage by 2028.
The Magnetom Sola system uses BioMatrix technology to personalise examinations and automatically adjust bio-variability to minimise unwarranted variations. The 1.5T MRI system works to reduce the need for rescans with consistent image quality and improved acquisition times.
With some older buildings unable to fulfil the needs of a modern health service, modular solutions can support trusts as they expand. Siemens Healthineers GB&I diagnostic imaging business lead Matt Gibson said: “The introduction of modular solutions has been instrumental in ensuring trusts have had access to the equipment upgrades prescribed by NHS England.”
Picture: Siemens Healthineers GB&I MRI applications specialist Matt Harley with MRI radiographers Debbie Tilford, Judith Pengelly and Jacqueline Donnelly at St Albans City Hospital.
Published on the front page of the September 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.