The delicate operation led by Siemens Healthineers has seen to the safe delivery of a multi-million dollar Skyra 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
The Siemens 3T MRI is one of the most powerful, state-of-the-art medical imaging devices in the marketplace. Twice as strong as the seven-year-old machine it replaces (and of any other MRI machine in the region), its extra power means scans are more precise because they can be safely conducted at a significantly higher resolution. In turn, this means the level of detail that can be seen is vastly improved – allowing radiologists to gather critical information for effective patient diagnoses.
Representing a multi-million dollar local investment by Health Imaging Services (HIS), the Siemens Skyra 3T MRI arrival guarantees accessible and premium radiology services for local people. It will be the first time we’ve had on-our-doorstep access to the very same level of technology Melbourne’s major hospitals (such as The Royal Melbourne, St Vincent’s and The Alfred) provide.
Not only is it the most advanced technology available, it’s also designed for patient comfort. Its increased power means examination times are decreased and noise levels are reduced. It’s also got a wider entry tunnel for patients not too crazy about tight spaces. Importantly too, it will provide our radiologists and specialists with enhanced diagnostic capabilities which in turn provides a higher level of clinical confidence.
South West Healthcare (SWH) Service Development director Jamie Brennan says this exciting development has been made possible by HIS having been reappointed as SWH’s radiology provider.
‘As part of a competitive tender process, we sought a provider that would have the capacity to provide cutting-edge diagnostic imaging services for the 110,000 people in our catchment area.
'We’re delighted to have partnered with HIS to deliver this important piece of healthcare equipment to Warrnambool,’ he says.
This is not the first time SWH and HIS have so radically changed the face of medical imaging, locally. The MRI machine the Skyra 3T has today replaced was our region’s very first MRI machine that allowed for the commencement of the region’s first MRI diagnostic service – ending decades of rural disadvantage. HIS then joined forces with SWH to successfully lobby the federal government to grant an MRI licence to provide Medicare rebates for MRIs. Less than a year earlier, HIS also bought the region’s first 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) machine to SWH’s Warrnambool Base Hospital.
Bulk billed MRI services (as per Medicare and Specialist Guidelines) will be provided to the south west community.
1 > SWH’s Services Development director Jamie Brennan (from left) and Building and Infrastructure manager Ray Bennett and HIS’s MRI supervisor Tamika Kelson and MRI radiographer Peter DeBono with the Siemens Skyra 3T MRI machine just before it’s lifted sky-high.
2 > Thumbs up for take-off.
3 > About to touch down.
4 > HIS staff get set to welcome the newest member to their team as their multi-million-dollar Siemens Skyra 3T MRI machine enters via an exterior wall: MRI radiographers Amanda Harper (from left) and Peter DeBono, office supervisor Sharon Kelson, radiologist Dr Vijay Patheyar and MRI supervisor Tamika Kelson.