New diagnostic services at the Albany Health Campus are a step closer with the awarding of a contract for the fitting out of a suite to house a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
Health Minister Kim Hames said Great Southern Radiology would purchase and operate a Phillips MRI machine, once modifications were completed to the MRI suite.
“This will allow patients to access MRI much closer to home and cause less disruption to families who may have otherwise had to travel long distances for such tests,” Dr Hames said.
The $573,409 (ex GST) contract for the fit-out works was awarded to Smith Constructions of Bunbury.
“Preliminary work has started and will cause minimal disruption to patients, staff and hospital services,” the Minister said.
“It’s expected that the MRI will be operating after the middle of this year. Patients will be able to claim a Medicare rebate to help cover the cost of scans after the Medicare licence comes into effect in January 2015.”
Albany Health Campus inpatients will not have to pay for MRI services, but community patients will have to cover the full cost.
The MRI machine will be in addition to the state-of-the-art imaging equipment which is already operating at the campus. This includes a new 128-slice CT scanner, which uses much lower doses of radiation.
MRI fit-out work under way includes installing a Faraday Enclosure - a quench pipe which will run from the machine to the hospital’s roof, installing a chiller, electrical and mechanical services as well as roof modifications
Imaging services at the campus are delivered by Great Southern Radiology
The $170.4million Albany Health Campus opened in May last year and is part of the Bigger Picture in Health
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