A NEW £1.3m MRI scanner is now in use at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The first patients have been scanned in the multi-coloured machine as the new scanning suite opened at the hospital.
And the new facility comes 25 years after The Examiner ran a campaign to buy the Lindley-based infirmary its first ever MRI scanner.
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Thousands of readers rallied to the cause with hundreds of fundraising events quickly up and running.
The scanner and the work needed to set it up in the hospital would cost £500,000.
The Examiner launched the Bodyscanner Appeal and the entire sum was raised by August 1987 – months ahead of schedule.
The scanner was installed early in 1988.
The new machine – which uses a four-tonne magnet to produce internal pictures of the body – is one of the most modern MRI scanners available.
It has been installed together with an ambient colour lighting system to help relax patients – the only one of its kind in the region.
A second CT scanner – the Trust’s third in total – has also been added to the new £2.3m scanning suite.
Head of radiology Mark Rodgers, said: “These developments are excellent news for our patients and an excellent long-term investment in cutting-edge technology at the Trust.”
The MRI (magnetic resonance images) scanner can focus on any area of the body including soft tissue and cancer tumours.
It is also used for head injuries and joints.
The new machine also has a larger 70cm central bore which makes it a less claustrophobic experience for patients.
It replaces the previous machine which was installed back in 2001 and will deliver superior images on which the clinicians can base their diagnoses.
It will scan up to 25 patients a day and be operational seven days a week to make it easier for patients to attend.
Since the start of a Choose and Book system the scanners at HRI are attracting many patients from Bradford and Wakefield due to its excellent reputation.
Around 250,000 scans a year are performed at the Trust for a range of tests delivering vital diagnostic information to clinicians to help with the treatment of patients.