The first of three new magnetic resonance imaging units in the Northern Health region is now serving patients in Prince George. The new MRI at UHNBC replaces the facility’s 14-year old unit, with significantly upgraded technology.
Two more MRI installation projects are underway at other Northern Health facilities: Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, and Fort St. John Hospital and Health Centre. These new MRI units, tripling the number of MRIs in the Northern Health region, go into service this summer and fall.
Diagnostic imaging staff from the northeast and northwest received additional training to support the new MRIs in Terrace and Fort St. John, which are each slated to do 2,000 scans in their first year of operation. UHNBC is expected to increase to 7,000 MRIs, up from the current 6,000 scans performed each year. MRIs are a tool used by physicians and specialists to support in making a diagnosis.