Perth’s Capital area has become a magnet for medical tourism, with more than 100 MRI scanners installed since it became a hub for medical schools in the late 2000s.
Now the region’s hospitals are taking a more proactive approach to keeping up with demand.
“I can assure you we’re always up for anything,” says Dr Kevin Dorn, the head of the Perth Institute of Medical Education and Research (PIEMARE).
“We’ll be here until you’re not, so you can’t be in a hurry.”
In fact, more than half of Perth’s MRI machines have been placed outside of its core.
“We’ve had the machines in the city for two years, and we’re already seeing demand for more, as people are looking for MRI machines in other parts of the state,” he says.
Dorn says the WA Government is working with PIEMARE to help establish a network of hospitals to provide patients with the MRI equipment they need.
“What we’ve seen is that a lot of patients are in Perth, and that they’re looking for medical services to get the MRI machines,” he said.
“There’s a huge demand in Perth for medical imaging.”
Perth is a magnet to the medical tourism industry It’s no secret that Perth is one of the best places in the world for MRI scanners.
“Our hospitals are the best in the country, we have the best MRI machines, and they’re all available in Perth,” Dr Dorn said.
Dr Denn says while there’s no shortage of MRI scanners in Perth at the moment, there’s a need for more hospitals to install them.
“A lot of people come to Perth to see the MRI,” he explains.
“So if we can work with these hospitals to get them the MRI scanners, that will create a very high demand for them.” “
Perth’s hospitals have had MRI scanners since the early 2000s The WA Government has earmarked $1.3 million to install 25 MRI machines at Perth’s three major hospitals, with the first machine to be installed in March. “
So if we can work with these hospitals to get them the MRI scanners, that will create a very high demand for them.”
Perth’s hospitals have had MRI scanners since the early 2000s The WA Government has earmarked $1.3 million to install 25 MRI machines at Perth’s three major hospitals, with the first machine to be installed in March.
The machines will be able to take X-rays of a patient’s head, neck, shoulder, spine and heart.
It will also be able take CT scans of a person’s entire body.
WA Health Minister Fiona Nash says the first machines will allow Perth hospitals to better cater to patients, particularly those with more complex medical conditions.
“It’s an area where we really need to be doing more, and these new MRI machines will enable us to do that,” she said.
The first machines were installed at the King George Hospital, on the outskirts of Perth, in the first week of March.
“All of the hospitals that were previously the biggest MRI machines are now in the new centres,” Dr Nash said.
She says the initial machines are also designed to be more secure.
“The safety measures that are in place are designed to ensure that the machines are able to handle the most extreme conditions that we’re likely to have,” she says.
“Because of the type of MRI equipment that we’ve got in Perth it’s not uncommon for the machine to break down in the event of a problem.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said they were not able to provide specific figures on the number of MRI machines installed in Perth.
However, the spokesperson said the department was confident that the health and safety standards of the machines were up to par with the health standards of other hospitals.
“As the technology matures, we expect these machines to become more widely available, particularly in the Western Australian state,” they said in a statement.
“Currently, there are five MRI machines operating in Perth’s Central and Northern regions.”
The WA Health Department also said there were more than 4,000 MRI machines nationwide, with most being installed in the CBD.
The new scanners will be the first in Perth and will be connected to a network that has been established since July 2016.
The Health Department is looking for further funding for the network, with a total of $1 million to be raised by 2021.
The state’s Health Minister says the rollout of the scanners is an opportunity to attract more doctors to Perth and to improve patient safety.
“These new MRI scanners are designed for those with complex medical problems,” she told ABC Radio Perth.
“To help patients get the right CT scan they need they have to be prepared to do a little bit of extra preparation and then they can go in, they can have their MRI, they put the equipment in and they have a secure environment.”
The state also announced it was opening a new $20 million MRI scanner network.
The announcement comes as the WA Medical Council is pushing for more funding to be allocated for the project, with one of its members calling for an increase in