Lochie Worrell from HiTech unhooks the MRI machine to be fitted in the Fraser Coast Radiology rooms.
Lochie Worrell from HiTech unhooks the MRI machine to be fitted in the Fraser Coast Radiology rooms. Robyne Cuerel

At last, MRI machine has arrived

THE Fraser Coast's long wait for an MRI machine is almost at an end.

The 4.5-tonne, $800,000 specialist machine was delivered to Fraser Coast Radiology yesterday, and Dr Robert Taylor said it was great news for locals with neurological or musculoskeletal problems.

"We've been waiting for this for a while," Dr Taylor said.

He said that presently Fraser Coast residents in need of Magnetic Resonance Imaging have to travel to Bundaberg or the Sunshine Coast, but soon would have a local option.

"It will take about three to four more weeks to get the machine properly installed, set up and tested," Dr Taylor said.

He has negotiated for years with the Federal Government to have the machine allocated to his clinic.

"I'm a bit excited, I can tell you," he said with a smile as he photo-graphed the machine being lifted off a truck with a crane to be placed inside his clinic.

MRI FACTS

It works by using magnetic and radio waves, meaning there is no exposure to X-rays or any other forms of radiation.

Using an MRI scanner, it is possible to make pictures of almost all of the tissue in the body.

The cost of a new scanner can be up to $2.4 million.



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