New MR technology benefits young patients


MR access for paediatric patients has been enhanced thanks to a new piece of technology installed at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Young patients aged 4-17 from the neighbouring Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) will now benefit from the arrival of a Magnetom Aera MR machine, which has helped to reduce the administration of general anaesthetic by a third.

The new equipment is part of a threefold operation to provide enhanced MR access to paediatric patients and relocate the neurology department to ensure a better experience for inpatients. Thanks to an in-bore television funded by Rockinghorse, young patients will have a more enjoyable and relaxing experience.

John Wilkinson, Imaging Services Manager at the Royal Sussex, said: “The new MR machine is adjacent to the Alex providing a safer and more comfortable transition for our paediatric patients. Since its installation, we have reduced the administration of general anaesthetic to paediatric patients by a third, due to increased compliance and comfort. This is due to a combination of factors, including the wide bore system which makes the process less claustrophobic, and the in-bore television kindly donated by Rockinghorse.”

Two further systems are due to be installed as part of the technology refresh and to further enhance the radiology offered. They will be used for a wide range of services including; cardiac, breast, orthopaedic and prostate scans.

Rockinghorse CEO, Ryan Heal, and Head of Fundraising, Analiese Doctrove, joined staff from the Alex and Royal Sussex to officially launch the new technology (pictured above).

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