£1M for new MRI Scanner

The Bedford Hospitals Charity has provided Bedford Hospital with a new £1,000,000 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner.

A Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5 tesla magnet machine is on order and is due to be installed towards the end of this year. The scanner will be housed in a new building and will allow the decommissioning of the machine currently in a trailer, meaning that Bedford Hospital will have two modern scanners in one building.

This latest major donation to Bedford Hospital is financed by two very generous legacies that have been held by the Charity in a Future Projects account for an opportunity such as this to fulfil the wishes of the benefactors.

MRI machines use large magnets to produce very highly detailed in-depth body scans and the magnets on which this machine depends will be made in Oxfordshire. The machine chosen by the hospital is large enough to cater for people of all shapes and sizes.