New MRI scanner deployed at IWK
November 11, 2020
HALIFAX – A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is now in operation at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. Government invested $6.9 million to purchase the new MRI scanner and complete associated renovations. The new equipment replaces an aging scanner.
“This new MRI suite will allow us to provide imaging that is a critical component of diagnosis and care planning for women, children and youth in the Maritimes, helping clinicians deliver the highest quality of care. We thank the government of Nova Scotia for making this possible,” said Dr. Krista Jangaard, president and CEO, IWK Health Centre.
The renovations include a dedicated area for anesthesia that will improve patient experience and flow, and reduce wait times.
This is the only MRI imaging system for pediatric patients requiring general anesthesia in the Maritimes. The new MRI scanner will also accommodate breast health, orthopedic, oncology, neurology and fetal care assessments.
The new MRI suite was designed in consultation with the IWK’s family leadership council. The suite will serve both pediatric and adult patients and ensure their safety and privacy during their exam.
The installation of the new equipment, including a 4,536-kilogram magnet, was completed over the summer. The equipment is expected to be used for more than 5,500 scans per year.
For a virtual tour of the new MRI at IWK, see https://youtu.be/AyuVk1yF_Aw.
For more information on IWK Health Centre, visit http://www.iwk.nshealth.ca/