Together with Shared Health, Prairie Mountain Health is pleased to provide an update on the MRI project at Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC).
According to latest timelines, the MRI unit will arrive in October for installation. After a period of testing and validation, we expect the unit will be clinically operational within DRHC in November.
Diagnostic Services, Shared Health Chief Operating Officer Petr Kresta says the MRI unit is being manufactured by Siemens in Germany and the DRHC building addition is being outfitted to receive the unit.
“It takes about 12 to 16 weeks to manufacture and ship to a site that is fully prepared to receive the MRI.”
Kresta went on to say that preparing the suite means temporarily removing an exterior wall, to make space to move the unit into the building when it arrives on site. This requires precise coordination and planning.
“Between the manufacturing work, the remaining site work, and purchasing some specific MRI safe small equipment, like stretchers and wheelchairs, we anticipate the site being ready in November 2018.”
The process is underway to fill positions with qualified staff required for this new service. Shared Health will provide training for the successful candidates to ensure they have the appropriate skills to deliver the service.
Once operational, the Dauphin site will become the second one — along with Brandon —within the Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region to offer MRI services.
Further updates on this project will be provided over the course of the coming months.
Dauphin MRI Building