New MRI scanner will improve services


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  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015

High quality: Jerip (sitting, right) showing the scanning made from the new MRI 1.5 Tesla.

KUCHING: The Kuching Specialist Hospital (KPJ) has introduces a new Siemens Magnetom Avanto 1.5 Tesla MRI to replace the old machine.

The RM3.6mil Tesla is a high-speed technology that shortens the time to complete the scan and capture images of the human body interior with a level of detail and clarity.

KPJ chairman Tuan Abdul Wahab Baba said the Tesla was faster than lower-strength MRIs and was ideal for the abdomen and chest as it was easy to customise and provide uniquely tailored, optimised scans which were configurable to a patient’s condition.

“The latest technologies embedded to this new machine enable practitioners to perform up to 30% more exams per day. The systems also make exams more patient-friendly, especially confining and paediatric patients. Moreover, it accommodates a large variety of body sizes, shapes and conditions,” said Abdul Wahab.

“I’m confident the best image produced by the machine will help and contribute significantly to our clinicians in diagnosing out patients’ illnesses,” he said.

Sarawak Assistant Minister for Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said it was an added bonus that many private healthcare providers were bringing in new clinical technology into the state.

“This effort to introduce new technology will ultimately help to raise the standards of healthcare for patients be it among locals or the international communities.

“This resulting increase in capacity and infrastructure will also be a boon for other related industries such as medical tourism and healthcare education,” said Dr Jerip.

KPJ also equips its diagnostic imaging (radiology) services with state-of-the-art facilities, including general X-ray machines, fluoroscopy machine for screening procedure and special investigations, ultrasound machine, 64-slice CT scan, mammogram machine and bone densitometry.

Meanwhile, KPJ is looking for local talents to manage the new KPJ Kuching at Muara Tebas and KPJ Miri which will be ready in 2017.

Abdul Wahab said: “For this year, we have agreed to sponsor 20 students to our nursing college. It might cost us RM1mil. To provide services for the new and current hospital, we need to look for local talents.”

KPJ hopes that ultimately, Sabah and Sarawak’s KPJ will be managed by local talents.

“We are facing it slowly, steps have been taken to identify the nurses and managers of all levels so that we can provide better services. Each new hospital is sponsoring local talents so that by the time the hospital is completed, they would have finished their training,” he said.

KPJ medical director Dr David Ling Sheng Tee said with the new hospital coming up, it did not mean the current KPJ would be outdated. They will continue to improve facilities of the present hospital.

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