Nuffield Health expands imaging capabilities


Five Nuffield Health sites improve imaging capabilities with MAGNETOM Aera Wide Bore 1.5T MR systems from Siemens

Nuffield Health has, as part of a wider investment programme, invested in five MR machines and one CT system from Siemens Healthcare to provide its patients with a more-comfortable imaging experience and an expanded service offering.

The five MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T systems and one SOMATOM Definition Edge across various sites are providing an enhanced patient experience due to the systems’ open-bore design. The technology is also paving the way for the addition of a walk-in service and an MR breast screening service in the future.

The technology has been, or will shortly be, installed across Nuffield Health sites in Exeter, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Leeds and York. Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital has experienced an increase in outpatient referrals and can now accommodate bariatric patients, which was not previously possible. The MAGNETOM Aera is located in its own dedicated suite within radiology, which provides a comfortable environment for patients throughout the week.

“At Nuffield Health it is important that we provide our patients with the very-best experience and technology available,” said Helen Rawcliffe, lead MRI radiographer at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital.

“The open bore on the MAGNETOM Aera has decreased the number of patients experiencing claustrophobia and the state-of-the-art features such as Tim 4G integrated coil technology provide excellent image quality. The imaging department has also experienced an increase in all modality referrals including dynamic liver imaging and MR angiography.”

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Lis Neil, operations director for support services at Nuffield Health, added: “This fantastic 1.5T Aera facility in the Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital is one of six Siemens MR and CT scanners procured in 2015 and is part of Nuffield Health’s strategy to continue to have state-of-the-art equipment that enhances our patients’ experience and delivers exactly what our consultants and referrers expect. This wide-bore, short-bore magnet placed in such a superbly-finished and well-equipped suite makes this both an effective clinical and yet patient-friendly area at the same time.”