The MR750w at Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital.
The first UK installation of the GE Healthcare Discovery* MR750w 3.0T has been unveiled at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) in East Anglia in a purpose built Clinical Imaging and Research Centre, which will provide a platform for ground-breaking research as well as exceptional patient care.
The Discovery MR750w 3.0T, which can scan patients feet first rather than head first, introduces a larger 70cm patient ‘bore’ (the area where the person lays to be scanned), and a patient-friendly design to help alleviate patient anxiety and stress during the scan. In particular, it is designed to help accommodate patients who are usually difficult to scan, such as those who are claustrophobic, elderly or very young, or those who are in pain and require a larger imaging system.
Speaking at the launch of the new unit, Consultant Radiologist, Dr Paul Malcolm, MRI lead for NNUH and honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia said that the GE Healthcare installation will allow the hospital to conduct research in areas such as the function of the human gut and obesity which are being studied on the Norwich Research Park.
Professor Andrew Stewart Coats, chief executive of Norwich Research Park added that the technology helps make the hospital among the “top of the class in the UK”. He said the installation has already begun to attract the attention of world-leading clinicians and scientists in gut and bone disease, microbiology and wasting disorders.
Commenting on the installation, Bettina Fitt, GE Healthcare’s UK General Manager said: “The Discovery MR750w is part of a new generation of scanners which are all about ‘humanizing radiology’ – making it more comfortable and less stressful for the patient, and in turn helping the radiologist to do their job more effectively.”
Anna Dugdale, Chief Executive of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, urged hospital leaders from across the NHS to make the investment for their hospital citing the machine’s efficiency, the improved experience for the patient as well as its research potential.
*Trademark of General Electric Company