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Quinte Health Care MRI Downtime March 10 - April 22, 2017

Belleville, ON: 2/21/2017 - Quinte Health Care’s MRI machine will be out of service March 10 – April 22, 2017 for a vital upgrade.

The MRI has reached the end of its lifespan and all of the working parts, excluding the magnet, must be replaced so the service can remain efficient and of high-calibre for patients needing this diagnostic tool.

Imaging service during the downtime:

  • When appropriate, physicians will consider sending patients for other types of imaging (CT scan, X-ray, ultrasound).
  • Arrangements have been made with partner hospitals in the region for patients requiring MRI during the downtime.
  • Non-urgent imaging that can wait until QHC’s MRI is back in operation will be booked for after April 22.

While we recognize this downtime will be an inconvenience for our patients, the upgrade will ensure that the Quinte region continues to have access to the best MRI imaging possible. The upgrade will preserve and further improve image quality that physicians rely on to accurately diagnose abnormalities. 

We are pleased to note that, with this new equipment, the scanning time will be faster and the machine will be quieter. Additionally, the patient table will be moveable with better ergonomics - improving safety for patients and staff members when imaging patients with mobility issues.

The upgrade has been made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the foundations supporting QHC hospitals:  Belleville General Hospital Foundation, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation and North Hastings Fund Development Committee.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such strong support from our hospital foundations,” says Mark Coulter, Director of Diagnostic Imaging.  “Without their fundraising efforts in the various communities that benefit from Quinte Health Care’s MRI, we wouldn’t be able to move forward with this vital upgrade.  In the end, we’ll have a faster, quieter, more ergonomic machine that improves quality of care for patients and working environment for staff.”

Media inquiries: 

Catherine Walker
Manager, Communications & Community Relations
Quinte Health Care
(613) 969-7400 ext 2689
(613) 847-5331

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