Three New MRI’s Coming To Northern Health

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Three New MRI's Coming To Northern Health

Some new equipment is heading to Northern Health.
Three new pieces of Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment are heading to the region. The aging equipment at University Hospital of Northern BC will be replaced, while new machines will be installed at Terrace and Fort St. John.
“We’ve known for some time that we needed to replace the MRI at UNHBC. That equipment is over 10 years old and it’s time to refresh it,” says Cathy Ulrich, the CEO for Northern Health. “And at the same time, we also know that the people who live in the Northwest and Northeast parts of our region have a very difficult time accessing MRI services and have to travel great distances.”
The board approved the budgets for that equipment at its latest meeting. Each piece is just under $3 million.
Last November, the Province announced $20 million in funding to cut wait times for accessing MRI services, which Premier Christy Clark called “unacceptably high.”
The equipment is on order and there will need to be infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the new equipment. As for Prince George, a portable MRI will be used while the old equipment is removed and the new equipment is installed.

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