New MRI ma­chine for chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal

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IN a WA first, pa­tients at the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal will spend “sig­nif­i­cantly less” time un­der anaes­thetic, thanks to new tech­nol­ogy.

Health Min­is­ter Kim Hames un­veiled a $3.5 mil­lion Mag­netic Res­o­nance Imag­ing (MRI) ma­chine last week, be­fore the hos­pi­tal’s ex­pected com­ple­tion date in Novem­ber.

Dr Hames said the eight-tonne MRI, which was brought into the hos­pi­tal via a crane, would al­low sur­geons to scan pa­tients dur­ing surgery.

“With this MRI, dur­ing an op­er­a­tion the pa­tient can be wheeled into the next room and put through the scan­ner and if there is any surgery still to be done, they will be taken back,” Dr Hames said. “It will be used par­tic­u­larly for brain tu­mours.” Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal surgery di­rec­tor Tanya Far­rell said she was “re­ally ex­cited” for the MRI unit.

“We can use the MRI in a flex­i­ble way for chil­dren who do and don’t need anaes­the­sia,” she said.

“It’s a great ad­vance in pa­tient safety.”

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