B.C. Premier John Horgan flashes a – Vulcan sign? – to Now-Leader reporter Tom Zytaruk before making a funding announcement in Surrey this morning. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Health care

B.C. premier announces opening of state-of-art MRI unit in Surrey

Second unit means Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre is now able to deliver cardiac MRI services

A new, state-of-the-art 3T MRI suite is open at Surrey’s Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, which means the centre will be able to deliver cardiac MRI services in the city for the first time.

Premier John Horgan made the announcement this morning in Surrey.

“A clear diagnosis is the first step toward treatment and recovery. We are continuing to make strides towards reducing wait times for MRI exams,” said Horgan in a release.

“This new, state-of-the-art MRI machine will deliver over 5,000 exams this year and make sure that people in Surrey can count on faster, better health care closer to home.”

An MRI scan is one of the tools used to diagnose a number of medical conditions, including abnormalities of the brain, as well as tumours, cysts and soft-tissue injuries in other parts of the body.

This is the second new MRI machine at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, and the first 3T MRI in the Fraser Health region to be used as part of the strategy. A 3T MRI works faster and produces higher quality images with shorter turnaround between patients.

Having a second MRI machine at the centre means that it will be able to deliver cardiac MRI services in Surrey for the first time and will help increase the total number of MRIs for waiting patients in the Fraser region.

The Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre will be the second site, following the Royal Columbian Hospital, to provide cardiac MRI services in the Fraser Health region.

READ ALSO: Health Minister opens ‘urgent primary care’ centre in Surrey

READ ALSO: ‘Concept planning’ for a new Surrey hospital is underway

The B.C. Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy launched in March 2018. In the strategy’s first year, the province completed 233,369 MRI exams across B.C. The number of exams is expected to increase to more than 248,000 in 2019-20.

“Last year government launched the new strategy and people are already benefiting throughout the province and in this region,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, who was also in Surrey for the announcement.

“For example, in Fraser Health more than 65,300 MRI exams were performed last year, a 17 per cent increase from the previous year. In March 2019, the median wait time for an outpatient MRI exam was 48 days or less, compared to 50 per cent patients waiting 89 days or less in April 2018.”

The total project cost is $6.2 million, with $5.5 million provided by the Ministry of Health, $500,000 by the Surrey Hospital Foundation and $200,000 from Fraser Health.

More to come.



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Amy on Twitter

 

Surrey’s Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. (Photo: partnershipsbc.ca)

Just Posted

Call for better security follows fuel thefts at South Surrey Park & Ride

White Rock man says someone used a drill to drain his fuel tank Wednesday

‘Stuff the Sleigh’ event aims to collect 5,000 Christmas toys for Surrey children

The Surrey Central Lions Club event will support the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Surrey kidnapping suspect still at large

Meaz Nour-Eldin is wanted in a 15-month-old Surrey kidnapping and assault case

Surrey RCMP seeking help to find man missing since Nov. 7

Hyung ‘John’ Lee was last seen in the 13300-block of Old Yale Road

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Paul Bissonnette joins Vancouver Warriors after tweeting he could walk on to an NLL club

Bissonnette will join the Warriors for their final week of training camp at Rogers Arena

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Body found after SUV found fully engulfed in flames in Abbotsford field

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team have been called in

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

Most Read

l -->