New MRI machine for Perth children’s hospital

PMH director of surgery Tanya Farrell, Child and Adolescent Health Service chief executive Frank Daly and Health Minister Kim Hames.
PMH director of surgery Tanya Farrell, Child and Adolescent Health Service chief executive Frank Daly and Health Minister Kim Hames.

IN a WA first, patients at the Perth Children’s Hospital will spend “significantly less” time under anaesthetic, thanks to new technology.

Health Minister Kim Hames unveiled a $3.5 million Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine last week, before the hospital’s expected completion date in November.

Dr Hames said the eight-tonne MRI, which was brought into the hospital via a crane, would allow surgeons to scan patients during surgery.

“With this MRI, during an operation the patient can be wheeled into the next room and put through the scanner and if there is any surgery still to be done, they will be taken back,” Dr Hames said.

“It will be used particularly for brain tumours.”

Princess Margaret Hospital surgery director Tanya Farrell said she was “really excited” for the MRI unit.

“We can use the MRI in a flexible way for children who do and don’t need anaesthesia,” she said.

“It’s a great advance in patient safety.”