*We are pleased to announce that the mini MRI appeal is now closed having reached its required target. The scanner has been ordered and work will commence early February to prepare the space for the installation of the scanner unit. There will be a 2-3 week construction programme followed by installation and training for the radiography team with the plan to start scanning in April. We are indebted to all our donors and the community who have supported this appeal.*
To celebrate the National Health Service’s 70th birthday in 2018, Bournemouth Hospital Charity asked the community to join together and help fund a new Mini MRI Scanner that could lower waiting times and provide more comfortable treatment for radiology patients.
We launched the Mini MRI Scanner appeal to honour a momentous year for the NHS, and successfully raised £300,000 for the scanner that will benefit elderly patients as well as patients with leg or arm injuries or joint degeneration.
The scanner is much smaller than our main MRI scanners you may have seen and is designed to scan limbs rather than the whole body making it much more comfortable for the patient.
Rather than lie in an awkward position in a large MRI scanner, suitable patients can have a more comfortable scan on the extremity scanner. An extra bonus of this is that this will free up space on the other machines to perform more complex body and spine examinations by completing around 12-15 scanning appointments per day.
If you have any questions about this completed appeal or any of our other active projects, please do contact us here.
The people who will benefit from the scanner will be those who have injured themselves through a fall, a sports injury or whose joints have degenerated.
MRI scans are much more helpful to our doctors. Unlike an x-ray which can only look at bone, an MRI scan will also show ligaments, tendons and cartilage. In fact anyone who is going for a joint replacement will have an MRI scan first.