Mayday Healthcare trust has officially reopened its fully renovated MRI unit following a fire in July last year that completely destroyed the building.
The trust marked the occasion by fitting three rugby stars into its new open scanner.
Harlequins Nick Easter, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care have seen first-hand the importance of scanners such as these. Easter, who has had MRI scans on his back, neck, knee and ankle during his rugby career, said: “Every scan I’ve had following injury has been valuable; providing essential information for the medical staff back at the club, so they can plan any treatment.”
The open scanner is the first in the country with such a strong magnet, meaning patients can be scanned faster. The design is alsounique in that it can accommodate people who cannot fit into a conventional MRI, and it’s also better for children, older people and those who suffer from claustrophobia.
Janet Dark, MRI manager for InHealth at Mayday, said: “We are tremendously excited by the potential for this outstanding unit. It is fantastic news that Mayday now has an imaging facility to support the outstanding work done at the hospital.
“To be able to use the open scanner for our patients has been fantastic, anxious or nervous patients are easily reassured as you can keep eye contact with them throughout the whole time they’re having their scan.”