Survey highlights the age of scanners in hospitals

The Clinical Imaging Board has published Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment, operations and planning in the NHS.

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This report is urging hospitals to formulate plans to replace outdated equipment, after a survey revealed half of healthcare organisations do not have set renewal plans, and more than a third of older magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners are not scheduled for replacement.

While many hospitals are operating newer equipment, 58% of MRI systems used are at least five years old, meaning they may not be able to conduct state-of-the-art imaging, needed for certain types of heart and prostate cancer scanning.

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