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New MRI scanner at hospital

PUBLISHED: 23:43 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 23:43 04 October 2018

Vicki Tinkler Radiology Manager at Spire Norwich Hospital (right) with her colleagues in the radiology department. Photo: Spire

Vicki Tinkler Radiology Manager at Spire Norwich Hospital (right) with her colleagues in the radiology department. Photo: Spire

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A new £1.5m MRI scanner has been opened at a private hospital in Norwich.

Mr Adrian Chojnowski, Orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Advisory Committee Chairman at Spire Norwich Hospital opened the MRI unit. Photo: SpireMr Adrian Chojnowski, Orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Advisory Committee Chairman at Spire Norwich Hospital opened the MRI unit. Photo: Spire

The new scanner, which is said to be the first truly digital MR system on the market, has been in place at the Spire Hospital, in Old Watton Road for a number of months but has now been officially opened.

Radiology manager Vicki Tinkler said the new machine used new technology to help patients relax by being immersed in a viewing experience while they are in the tunnel.

She said: “As well as this it’s an improved image quality and scanning time is shorter. It’s very much different for patients who are anxious, when you are in the tunnel there’s a mirror system which shows a 60in TV. It’s made to be calming.”

She said many people struggled with MRI scans because of the claustrophobic feeling and the fact they needed to stay still for a long time.

“But feedback had been really, really positive,” she said. “Patients are finding it a lot more comfortable.”

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