World-class care now available with new machine at Mater

A NEW MRI machine has improved access to world-class health services for patients and doctors at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital.

The state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI can provide doctors with more information to help with earlier diagnosis and offer a range of MRI services that were previously unavailable in the region.

The new machine, which is at the Mater's Central Queensland Medical Imaging clinic, also has faster scan times and a wider tunnel to accommodate larger patients and people who suffer from claustrophobia.

Regional manager Keri Kamau said the clinic has a proud history in providing MRI services and was the first medical practice to install an MRI scanner in the Rockhampton-Gladstone region.

"For over 70 years we have led the way in bringing the latest technology to our community, giving patients access to the same calibre of world-class medical care as that offered by the best clinics in our capital cities," Mr Kamau said.

"Our $1.5 million investment in a new MRI and upgraded clinic facilities is a significant boost to local health services."

From October 1, Medicare-eligible MRI examinations performed with the new scanner will be bulk billed allowing patients access to the 3-Telsa MRI at no out-of-pocket expense.

Central Queensland Medical Imaging radiologist Dr Sandeep Joshi is eager to see the highly detailed and accurate images that the MRI can deliver.

He said the accurate images will help identify a range of neurological, musculoskeletal and spinal injury conditions.

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