Nepean Hospital patients will be among the first in Australia to access two next-generation MRI machines under a $6.5 million NSW Government project to improve imaging services.
Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard, joined by Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres, today unveiled the state-of-the-art Ingenia Ambition 1.5T and even more powerful Ingenia EIition 3T magnetic resonance imaging machines.
Mr Hazzard said the two world-class MRI machines are 50 per cent faster, and together will enable clinicians to scan on average 10 more patients each day.
“These state-of-the-art MRI machines also provide images with up to 60 per cent higher resolution than previous models, which means more accurate diagnostics contributing to better outcomes for patients,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The new MRI machines not only directly benefit patients but will also be used by Nepean Hospital researchers to conduct clinical trials as part of their research projects.”
Mr Ayres said patients across the Nepean Blue Mountains region will reap the benefits of the NSW Government’s $6.5 million investment to expand medical imaging at Nepean, one of the state’s busiest hospitals.
“Providing first-class, accessible medical services close to home is a top priority for the NSW Government, which is exactly what we are delivering today to this community,” Mr Ayres said.
Patients have a more comfortable experience inside the machines, which are quieter and have wire-free and contactless monitoring. Fast positioning technology also makes it easier for technicians to align patients in the machines.
The NSW Government has invested $10 billion to deliver more than 130 new and enhanced health facilities statewide since 2011, including the $1 billion Nepean Hospital redevelopment. The NSW Government is also investing $10.1 billion more over the next four years, including more than $900 million for rural and regional areas in 2019-20.