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25 November 2016

New MRI Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill officially opened the new £4million MRI Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in October.

The MRI scanner cost around £4million and has been fully operational since March 2016. Funding of more than £1.5million was raised by the Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal, which is a collective of four local charities – Helping Hand (charity to the RBHSC), Carrickmannon Trust, Children’s Cancer Unit Charity and The Children’s Heartbeat Trust.
Before the scanner was installed children who were patients at the RBHSC were transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital when they required MRI examinations and paediatric lists were produced daily to accommodate those children. Paediatric MRI scanning can be particularly challenging because many children need to have general anaesthetic because they cannot lie still for long periods of time while the scans are being taken.

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