New MRI facility at City Hospital brings great benefits to patients

Patients at City Hospital are now able to access an improved MRI service, with the opening of a cutting edge new MRI facility.

The new facility enables patients to have scans using a brand new, state-of-the-art scanner. The facility is situated in a brand new, purpose-built building – and the £4.27 million project will bring numerous benefits to the thousands of patients who attend Nottingham’s hospitals for MRI scans each year.

Jonathan Coupland, MRI Modality Manager at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, said: “The new MRI scanner is much better than the one that we had before, and offers a better quality of diagnostic imaging.

“The way the new facility is set up means that patients have more space in the room where we have the scanner set up. Having an MRI scan can feel claustrophobic, but we’ve aimed to make it feel much less intimidating.”

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“Along with the MRI scanner itself, we have also invested in all the latest equipment and software. One of the great benefits of this is that we can now offer a critical care MRI service at City Hospital, which is something we were unable to do with our previous MRI facility on the site. Instead, all critical care patients were having to be transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre – which obviously presented both logistical complications and risks.”

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The new MRI facility at City Hospital is located on the footprint of the old MRI building, which was closed in March 2016. Over the last eight months, a temporary MRI facility has been provided near to the hospital’s maternity building while the new facility has been construction.

Built in partnership with contractors Interserve, the new MRI facility is housed in a single-storey building that is distinctive due to its external vertical stripes. Like the MRI facility at the QMC, it will be open seven days per week.

The new MRI scanner itself is a Siemens Aera 1.5T, and has been acquired by NUH on a lease basis.