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MRI module lowered into place at hospital

Carefully does it . . .

The Matai Research team of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) specialists are another step closer to establishing a centre specialising in high-end, advanced imagery of the brain, heart and musculoskeletal system.

A module (pictured) that will temporarily house the 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system was lowered into position on Gisborne Hospital grounds this morning.

The MRI machine is expected to arrive later this month and will be craned through the roof. General Electric Healthcare (GEH) will provide Matai with the MRI machine and one of its own scientists.

“It's a platform package with some of the best hardware there is — software that drives the scanner and an in-kind contribution of scientists and other support,” Matai chief executive Dr Samantha Holdsworth told The Gisborne Herald last month.

From this platform, Matai's researchers can develop new methods to diagnose disease. After a month of testing and training the system will go live in September. A permanent building for the MRI on the hospital grounds is planned.

Picture by Liam Clayton