A new MRI machine has been delivered to Riverland General Hospital this week.
The $1.5 million magnetic resonance imaging scanner has been crane lifted into the facility’s new $2 million MRI unit.
Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the MRI is a boost to local healthcare as locals will no longer have to travel to either Mildura or Adelaide to have an MRI.
“The arrival of the new MRI Scanner at Riverland General Hospital will be the second major medical imaging coup for the Riverland community, after the installation of a new, state-of-the-art CT scanner last year,” Mr Whetstone said.
Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Champion, said patients will benefit from more comprehensive scans, quicker diagnosis and earlier treatment closer to home.
“The MRI will not only benefit patients, it will also benefit their families, their employers and the community in general, as people won’t need to travel away from the region to receive this essential service,” Mr Champion said.
“We are expecting this machine to improve not just the quality but also the capacity of medical imaging in the Riverland, with around 10 people expected to receive their scan each day."
The unit housing the MRI machine at Riverland General Hospital is expected to be completed near the end of the year, with the scanner expected to be operational at the same time.
Photo of MRI machine being crane lifted into Riverland General Hospital, supplied by Minister Whetstone's office.