Crane-ial op for new scanners

SUFFOLK has taken delivery of two pieces of vital medical equipment – and it was quite an operation to drop them off.A giant crane lowered a £1.5million scanner into place at the Suffolk Nuffield Hospital.

SUFFOLK has taken delivery of two pieces of vital medical equipment – and it was quite an operation to drop them off.

A giant crane lowered a £1.5million scanner into place at the Suffolk Nuffield Hospital.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner will provide the private hospital with a permanent resource at the Foxhall Road site.

Doors were today taken off the reception of the building to enable the 4,000 kilogram scanner to be put into a brand new x-ray department. The scanner, along with a £1million computed tomography system, will be operational by the end of April.

Hospital manager David Jowett said the equipment will enable them to deal with a wider range of surgery and help them treat emergencies far quicker.

Funding for the equipment has been provided by Lister Health Care, who are utilising the hospital's space for their equipment.

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Mr Jowett said the scheme is costing the hospital £500,000 to house the equipment and is part of a £10 million expansion of the hospital.

On Saturday, another MRI scanner was squeezed into the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. The scanner, which was also fitted using a huge crane, will enable the hospital to scan up to 4,800 patients every year.

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