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New hospital scanner starts work

New hospital scanner starts work

Published at 3:52pm 29th February 2016. (Updated at 4:40pm 29th February 2016)

Patients at Harrogate District Hospital are now benefiting from a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

It's called 'MRI on the Stray' because of its interior which has been specifically designed with the environment in mind and reflects the space and light experienced whilst walking on the town's Stray.

Strong magnetic fields and radio waves are used to produce detailed images of the inside of the body, including the brain and spinal cord, bones and joints, and internal organs.

The results of an MRI scan can help doctors to diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

Libby Watkins, Radiology Services Manager at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are really pleased to be able to provide MRI scans in this excellent new facility. 'MRI on the Stray' also increases our capacity as a department to provide MRI scans, meaning shorter waiting times for patients.

"We know how important it is for patients to feel relaxed when having an MRI scan, and the relaxing atmosphere created by the ceiling especially really does contribute to that. Patient feedback has been very positive."