Fort St. John Hospital MRI unit hits milestone

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The new MRI unit at the Fort St. John hospital has hit a milestone.

The unit has performed 300 exams since it went into service in late September, following 5 months of construction and equipment testing. Officials expect to do around 2000 scans with the unit in its first year of operation.

Chris Maundrell, Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital, says the unit represents another step in enhancing patient scare and comfort in the hospital.

The MRI was one of three MRI units installed in the Northern Health region this year. Units were installed at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace and at UNBC in Prince George.

An MRI is a test used by medical professionals that uses magnetic field pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.

The new MRI at UHNBC in Prince George.
Photo courtesy of Northern Health.

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