PATIENTS in Langley and across the region can now benefit from increased access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams and shorter wait times with the opening of the first-ever MRI suite for Langley Memorial Hospital, the province announced on Thursday.
The MRI suite began scanning patients in December 2020 and became fully operational on January 4, providing them with access to a more seamless experience, with care and diagnostics in one location. From December 7, 2020 to January 17, 584 patients were scanned.
“Our government is delivering on its commitment to significantly improve access to MRI services throughout British Columbia,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The new MRI machine at Langley Memorial Hospital will provide 7,500 MRI exams annually, operating 16 hours a day, seven days a week. This means shorter wait times and a better plan for treatment and recovery for people in Langley.”
In 2019-20, Fraser Health performed 73,580 exams across the region, up 13% from the previous year. Adding this new MRI suite will help increase capacity for decades to come.
The MRI suite is a contribution between Fraser Health and the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. The opening of the suite brings the total number in the Fraser Health region to 11.
“I am so pleased to share that the new MRI suite at Langley Memorial Hospital is now operational, ensuring our communities have expanded access to diagnostic services,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, President and CEO, Fraser Health. “In the past two years, Fraser Health has significantly increased the number of MRI exams we perform while reducing wait times. By accessing these services in a timely way, we can support patients in having a seamless care experience from diagnosis to treatment.”
MRI machines are used to diagnose medical conditions, such as abnormalities of the brain, as well as tumours, cysts and soft-tissue injuries in other parts of the body. MRIs can help facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, vastly improving a person’s quality of life. Both new machines come with equipment to perform specialized exams such as breast imaging.
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