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Enhanced MRI Service for Southern Saskatchewan

08-Aug-2012

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will be getting a temporary, mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine this summer, with service to begin in September 2012. The estimated cost of the mobile MRI service is to be $2 million.

“This will help alleviate wait times and provide more MRI diagnostics to people in southern Saskatchewan,” said RQHR Director of Medical Imaging Tim Pilon.

“We’re pleased to see that RQHR is working to reduce wait times and improve access to services for patients – these are high priorities for our health system,” said Health Minister Dustin Duncan.

A mobile MRI is a complete unit that will be trucked in and installed along with the other two MRIs at Regina General Hospital. “Patients will not see a difference between a mobile MRI and a permanent one,” Pilon added.

The new machine will be able to serve 400 patients per month, meeting or exceeding the capacity of the units currently running. Each unit will be open 96 hours per week, 16 hours on weekdays and eight hours on weekends.

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Published: 01-Jan-0001
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