Mobile MRI service announced by Vancouver Island Health Authority

Patients on Vancouver Island will soon have improved, locally available access to mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Patients on Vancouver Island will soon have improved, locally available access to mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).The Vancouver Island Health Authority announced Thursday the establishment of mobile MRI services for the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni and Duncan, although it’s not expected to be operating until late spring or early summer of 2012.The mobile MRI will be located on specially designed pads in Comox, Campbell River, Port Alberni and the Cowichan Valley, VIHA said in a news release. It will operate 50 weeks per year with two weeks designated for service and maintenance.“This is great news for patients and families living on the North Island, West Coast and Cowichan Valley,” said Don McRae, MLA for the Comox Valley. “Being closer to home means less travel time which helps reduce stress and that’s a big part of the equation when it comes to your health.”Over 3,800 MRI scans are planned to be performed by the mobile scanner, amounting to 16.5 per cent of the total 23,000 MRIs that are provided annually in VIHA at this time. The volumes and schedule in each community will be determined based on population size and historical MRI use, VIHA explained.“The importance of MRI in diagnosing and supporting the treatment of disease has grown rapidly in recent years as the technology has improved,” said Dr. John Mathieson, medical director of medical imaging for VIHA. “A mobile MRI service is a significant addition to VIHA’s medical imaging services and will support better patient care and outcome as well as ensuring our radiologists throughout Vancouver Island have the opportunity to conduct reads on this increasingly important technology.”Regional hospital districts have expressed interest in bringing these services to their communities. Over the coming weeks, VIHA will discuss funding arrangements with them.There had been speculation that a news conference Thursday at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox was called to announce a new location for a hospital to be built in the Comox Valley.

Just Posted

Talks continue over new aquatic centre for Alberni Valley

Joint ACRD, City of Port Alberni committee asks for staff report on next steps

BCHL: Bulldogs’ win streak snapped by Powell River Kings

Josh Zary had the lone goal for Port Alberni

Alberni vet heading to Africa with Veterinarians Without Borders

Dr. Roberta Templeton and her vet husband will help dairy farmers in Uganda

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Sail Past lights up Alberni Inlet

Annual Sail Past took place at Harbour Quay

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Island blues musician’s mother’s home burglarized and ransacked

David Gogo’s 71-year-old mother has jewelry and artwork stolen in break-in

Most Read