More MRI machines needed
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.