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New MRI scanner being installed at the hospital

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre will be replacing their 11-year-old magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) scanner this week.

The upgraded MRI machine will increase the speed of scanning, allow for enhanced patient comfort during procedures and improve the quality of images.

MRI scans enable healthcare providers and researchers to examine the inside of the human body in high detail including to look for injuries or anomalies of the joints, diseases of the liver and other abdominal organs, anomalies of the brain and spinal cord, and tumours and cysts in various parts of the body.

Installation will take about a month as the old machine is removed and the new one is replaced. During this time, MRI exams will not be available at the hospital and patients scheduled for an exam have been contacted and rescheduled.  Patients referred for an MRI during this time will be contacted to discuss alternative imagining options.