Imaging procedures at National Spinal Injuries Centre, 24 hour A&E, cancer care, cardiac & stroke unit to be enhanced & future-proofed at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has placed an order for two Vantage Orian 1.5T MRI scanners from Canon Medical Systems UK to future-proof its imaging services. This represents the first UK orders of the premier MRI system. The two MRIs will be installed into Wycombe Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital to provide patients with the latest techniques for cancer, stroke, heart, spine and wider frontline imaging requirements. The purchase of the scanners will be funded by Buckinghamshire based charity ‘Scannappeal’.

Wycombe Hospital will be first to receive the new scanner later this year to replace an ageing system and support its busy district general imaging needs such as stroke and MSK research work. The Vantage Orian MRI will facilitate shorter patient scan times and thus reduce appointment times for some examinations and enhance patient experience. This will help to drive improved throughput and meet the 13% year-on-year increase in demand at the Trust for MRI examinations.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which includes the internationally recognised National Spinal Injuries Centre and busy 24 hour A&E department, will take delivery of its Vantage Orian MRI in 2020. The benefits of high productivity, patient comfort and greater clinical confidence will boost the standard of care delivered to patients, increase capacity and enable new research projects to be undertaken.

Deborah King, Lead Radiographer MRI at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust states, “We have great CT support service from Canon Medical Systems UK so they were a natural choice to help us modernise our MRI facilities. With 22,000 MRI scans each year, and growing by double digits annually, we needed to replace old systems and get ourselves fighting fit to support patients into the future. Canon Medical Systems listened closely to our needs and supported us on our brief.”

Scannappeal Chairman, William Baxter CBE states, “Scannappeal has been proudly supporting and working with communities across Buckinghamshire since 1987 and this is the biggest appeal that we have run in our history. It is a tremendous commitment, but the new Bucks MRI Appeal provides a wonderful opportunity for the local community to work with us to ensure we have the best possible equipment available at our hospitals.”

“It’s great that the UK’s first orders of the Vantage Orian MRI will be going to hospitals that are so focused on improving the clinical services to the patients they serve,” states Vanessa Ellis, MR Modality Manager at Canon Medical Systems. “From the amazing Scannappeal charity, the committed staff in the departments and the enthusiastic research Radiologists, everyone is determined to make a difference, which we will support in partnership with all of them.”

Photo caption: The UK’s first Vantage Orian 1.5T MRI scanners from Canon Medical Systems have been ordered by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.