Canberra Hospital has enhanced its medical imaging services by deploying a new 3 Tesla (T) MRI machine, representing an A$9m ($5.79m) investment by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government.

This latest MRI machine is expected to offer Canberrans access to advanced medical imaging technology, allowing for more detailed scans and faster processing times.

The machine’s imaging claims to improve diagnosis and reduce the need for repeat scans.

According to a press statement, this upgrade is in parallel to other recent enhancements, including the installation of a new computed tomography (CT) scanner and the expansion of medical imaging services through the Weston Creek Imaging Service.

Opened three months ago, the Weston Creek Imaging Service has served 1,878 patients, offering CT scans, ultrasounds, and X-rays as an alternative to visiting Canberra Hospital.

It is also stated that patients over the age of 16 years with a referral can walk in for X-rays while appointments are needed for CT scans and ultrasounds through the Canberra Hospital’s Medical Imaging Service.

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ACT Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said: “The significant upgrade is also an investment in our workforce, providing clinicians with access to a machine that is easier to use and has increased functionality.

“The MRI replacement project is one of many infrastructure projects happening across the Canberra Hospital campus, including the Critical Services Building, the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, upgrades to Pharmacy and Medical Imaging services, and a new cancer research centre.

“The ACT government will continue to invest in new equipment and infrastructure to ensure our dedicated teams can provide high-quality care to support the health of our region.”