More MRI ma­chines needed

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

A SE­NATE In­quiry has rec­om­mended bet­ter ac­cess to di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing equip­ment af­ter hear­ing pa­tient ne­glect could have deadly con­se­quences.

The com­mit­tee said it was “par­tic­u­larly con­cerned by re­ports that chil­dren are be­ing sub­jected to the ra­di­a­tion of CT scans due to is­sues as­so­ci­ated with the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of MRI ma­chines”.

Ev­i­dence from Chil­dren’s Health­care Aus­trala­sia pre­sented at the Perth hear­ing in­di­cated for ev­ery 1000 CT scans, a new case of can­cer is cre­ated in a child.

The in­quiry was told WA has one of the low­est num­bers of MRI ma­chines per capita.

Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion health spokeswoman Cather­ine King, Swan Hills MLA Jes­sica Shaw and Fed­eral La­bor can­di­dates Lau­ren Palmer and Kim Travers vis­ited St John of God Pub­lic and Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal in Mid­land re­cently to hear about the im­pact on pa­tients strug­gling to ac­cess MRI scans.

Ms Shaw said the new Mid­land hos­pi­tal had only one par­tial MRI li­cence.

Kim Travers, Jes­sica Shaw, Lau­ren Palmer, Cather­ine King and Perth Ra­di­o­log­i­cal Clinic CEO Lenka Psar-McCabe in front of the MRI ma­chine.

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