16th December 2016
A new MRI scanner and modular building has been delivered to the ITM imaging centre at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) as part of a £2 million project to provide a diagnostic imaging research facility.
The unit should be fully operational by the middle of January. It was craned into position and the MRI scanner was then lifted through the roof of the unit. External brick cladding makes the unit look like a permanent build. This is the first time the manufacturers have used this technique.
The purchase of the scanner was generously supported by the Clive and Sylvia Richards charity. The scanner will be named the ‘Ted and Flo Richards MRI scanner’ in memory of Clive Richards parents and represents a significant milestone for Cobalt who have been working to develop an innovative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) research facility. The ‘ITM Imaging Centre’ will provide the very latest MRI technology provided by Siemens Healthineers. This new service will enable a broad range of research for many specialties on the QEHB site, including cardiac, liver, oncology and neurosurgery.
Peter Sharpe, Cobalt CEO said “This exciting new venture will fulfil Cobalt’s objective to increase research particularly in oncology and neurology. The unit should be in use by the middle of January 2017. It is the Charity’s first venture into relocatable diagnostic imaging units”.
Cobalt is a medical charity helping people affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions.
Each year the charity provides diagnostic imaging for over 50,000 patients at their Cobalt Imaging Centre in Cheltenham and with our mobile MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanners that travel throughout the Three Counties (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire) and beyond.
To find out more about Cobalt Health please go to www.cobalthealth.co.uk and forthcoming events are listed here.