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Latest MRI scanners open at Nepean Hospital

09 Mar 2020


The next generation of MRI medical imaging technology recently installed at Nepean Hospital is set to deliver a more powerful diagnostic tool for clinicians and a better experience for patients.

Nepean Hospital is the first healthcare facility in Australia with both an Ingenia Ambition 1.5T and the more powerful Ingenia Elition 3T next generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines from global leader in health technology Philips.

The new MRI machines, part of a $6.5 million project to expand medical imaging services at Nepean Hospital, significantly increases the Hospital’s capacity to scan both admitted inpatients and outpatients.

General Manager for Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Rob Arian, says most patients undergoing scans in the new machines will spend less time in them because the new technology scans 50 percent faster, compared to the previous generation, but without comprising image quality.

“Clinicians will see clearer images with up to 60 percent higher resolution compared to the previous generation of machines,” says Mr Arian.

Sophisticated contactless patient monitoring removes the need to attach sensors and wires to patients to track their vital signs during a scan. Fast positioning technology makes it easier and faster for technicians to align patients in the machines.

“We know even a short period of time inside the MRI machine can be quite stressful for many of our patients, so we’re very pleased Philips have built a much quieter machine,” says Mr Arian.

Philips Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, Matt Moran, says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Nepean Hospital in the delivery of our next-generation MRI technology.”

“We are delivering meaningful innovation to help to address the challenges that healthcare systems are facing now and in the future. The Philips advanced Ingenia MRI portfolio is breaking diagnostic boundaries, leading in speed, comfort and confidence, and transforming radiology departments – ultimately improving patient and staff experiences,” says Mr Moran.

The new machines are much lighter than previous models making finding a suitable location in the Hospital and installation easier. They also require less than half the amount of helium – a finite and expensive gas – to cool their magnets.

The state-of-the-art MRI machines will also be used by Nepean Hospital researchers and their colleagues to conduct clinical trials.

Nepean Hospital is one of the busiest in NSW with over 500 inpatient beds and over 70,000 presentations to the emergency department each year. The Hospital is undergoing a $1 billion redevelopment which will deliver a new 14 storey tower in Stage 1 which will help position Nepean as a centre of world-class healthcare and clinical research.