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New MRI Will Reduce Wait Times In Hamilton Area

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New MRI Will Reduce Wait Times In Hamilton Area

McGuinty Government Improving Access To Diagnostic Scans

Ministry of Health

Hamilton-area patients will soon benefit from reduced wait times with a new MRI machine at Hamilton Health Sciences.

The new MRI is the fourth at the hospital and will provide patients with 3,120 scans every year. It is scheduled to begin operating for 40 hours a week beginning May, 2011. It will help Hamilton Health Sciences reduce wait times for the scans and make it easier for people who need an MRI scan to get tested and treated more quickly.

Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.

Quick Facts

  • There are currently 78 MRI machines operating in Ontario's hospitals.
  • There have been 22 more MRI machines approved for operation since 2003.
  • There are currently three MRI machines operating at Hamilton Health Sciences that perform approximately 12,000 scans per year.

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“I'm determined to increase access to MRIs in large urban areas like Hamilton. That's why I'm glad we're able to fund a fourth MRI at Hamilton Health Sciences. I know how important this is to the Hamilton community.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I'm excited that our community will have better access to health services. This new MRI at Hamilton Health Sciences means shorter wait times and improved patient care for the people of Hamilton.”

Sophia Aggelonitis

MPP Hamilton Mountain

“I am so pleased that Hamilton Health Sciences will be able to provide more MRI scans to patients who need them with this new machine. It's an important investment for this community.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

“The announcement of a new MRI for our hospital will increase our capacity to deliver better health care services for our patients and will assist us in reducing our wait times.”

Murray Martin

CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences

“This is great news for patients and families in the HNHB LHIN and beyond. Today's announcement means faster diagnosis of an ailment, which leads to faster treatment, close to home. Hamilton Health Sciences serves not only residents of this LHIN but also those from the Waterloo Wellington LHIN - this is a great day for thousands of patients.”

Donna Cripps

CEO of Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network

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