A new super-fast MRI scanner from General Electric has been installed at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, UK.

It marks a £3m investment by the Welsh Government, allowing clinicians to take more detailed images of patients in a fraction of the time, which older generation scanners needed.

The new MRI scanner is expected to improve the accuracy of diagnoses and treatments, as well as reduce waiting times.

Besides, the scanner is said to have advanced software that enables radiologists to perform more complex imaging.

It is housed in a renovated room that has been designed to be more patient friendly.

The lighting is adjustable, and patients can listen to music through headphones while they are being scanned.

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The scanner’s positioning also accommodates patients with claustrophobia by offering different orientations, such as entering feet first.

Superintendent radiographer Barry Spedding said: “The technology also allows us to do a lot more advance imaging, in particular on the heart, the liver and some of the brain. It has the advantage of more complex software.  

“We do get some very ill patients at Morriston that are prone to moving quite a lot, so the advantage of being able to scan more quickly is we can get a very good picture in half the time.

“It will definitely help the waiting lists because it means we scan more people in a day.

“And sometimes, because of the advanced software, we can do one sequence that can give us multiple results. So instead of doing individual sequences we only do one sequence.

“In the time that it would have taken to do one brain sequence 30 to 20 years ago we can now do an entire brain scan in the same amount of time.”