The first of three new Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI) units in the Northern Health region is serving patients in Prince George. The new machine at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) replaces the facilities 14-year-old unit, which was the oldest in BC.
Two more MRI installations are underway at the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace and the Fort St. John Hospital & Health Centre. Since there will soon be three MRIs in the region, wait times are expected to be significantly reduced at UHNBC when all of the units are up and running by the fall.
The new machines are part of Northern Health’s 10-year medical imaging strategy. The MRIs are thanks to the Regional Hospital Districts, the Ministry of Health, Northern Health and local foundations. The total capital cost for all three machines and installation is $8.3 million.
Northern Health performs approximately 5,500 MRI scans each year.