New $6 million scanner installed at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne

New $6 million scanner installed at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne

A new cutting edge imaging machine has been installed at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne in Australia.

The machine, which weighs nine tonnes, is worth $6 million and will help improve capabilities of the hospital. The funds for the acquisition of Magnetic Resonance Positron Emission Tomography machine or MR-PET were provided by the Good Friday Appeal. The machine was selected following an international tender process, according to the management of the hospital. The machine will provide new capabilities to the hospital.      

Officials said that it is the first such machine in the entiresouthern hemisphere. The MR-PET combines PET and MRI technology into one machine allowing doctors to require fewer scans. The MR-PET was transported to the RCH on a semi-trailer on Saturday and was installed in the new purpose-built copper-lined lab in the Medical Imaging Department by a team of eight people using a 20-tonne forklift.

Neurologist Dr Simon Harvey said, "For our young patients, some of whom require sedation and even general anaesthetic to undergo these important but intimidating procedures, the MR-PET will means fewer scans, and therefore a more positive experience."



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