Bluewater Health plans removal of old MRI machine next week

Bluewater Health will remove its former MRI next week now that its new MRI is fully functional and performing patient scans seven days a week.

“The former MRI served us well and outlived its life expectancy by more than three years,” says Dr. Rishi Duggal, Medical Director, Diagnostic Imaging, Bluewater Health. “We are excited by the performance of its replacement, which has been in operation for about eight months. The new MRI, with two generations of technical advances above the old unit, is a much better system allowing us to do more and different procedures, and with less cost to operate.”

The new MRI functions weekdays from 6:00 am to midnight, and weekends from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. On average, 28 MRI scans are performed daily.

To take the former MRI out of the Diagnostic Imaging Department and out of the Sarnia hospital, crews will remove a glass wall and door through which the MRI will be transported to the awaiting outdoor crane. This will mean a temporary and minimal disruption in traffic flow and atrium use on Thursday, November 29 (late afternoon and evening) and Friday, November 30 (morning). The annual Cookie Walk; Gently Used Jewellery sale; and Light Up Our Hospital events will proceed as planned at the hospital.

In late 2011, Bluewater Health announced its planned purchase of a new MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner. Fundraising began in December with Bluewater Health Foundation’s holiday appeal letter. With the help of lead donor, the Sarnia Construction Association, fundraising is well underway to help secure the $2.8 million required for this critical piece of equipment. Campaign information is available at 

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