“The ability to provide MRI service at the South Shore Regional Hospital will drastically improve patient care.It will allow us to detect cancer earlier, such as breast and gynaecological, prostate, brain, liver and more, with a better chance of curative treatment. It will allow us to diagnose soft tissue and joint injuries that we cannot with CT and ultrasound, so patients can receive proper treatment and return to work/normal daily life sooner.

This will be a game changer for the care of our patients with neurological diseases of the brain and spine. The MRI will significantly reduce the radiation exposure in young patients with chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease by decreasing repeated CT scans. And it will give family physicians, radiologists and numerous other specialists another reason to practice in our beautiful community.”

– Dr. Chen Meng, Diagnostic Radiology

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Sometimes the best health care is the care you receive close to home.

One of the most exciting elements of our Hospital’s expansion and redevelopment will be the addition of state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) diagnostic capability right here in our community.

The fundamental advantage of MRI technology is that it provides significantly better contrast between the different tissues of the body than CT scanning. MRI images are obtained in minimally invasive exams and without ionizing radiation. It is particularly useful in imaging the brain, spine and spinal cord, the musculoskeletal system, and in oncologic (cancer) identification. It is the imaging tool of choice in detecting joint injuries, tumours of the brain and spine, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and many forms of cancer.

With the ability to detect a wide variety of diseases and conditions at an early stage, MRI scanning has become an essential aspect of modern medical diagnostic testing.

Located in a brand new 3,100 sq. ft. one story addition to the existing building, the new MRI will help bring health care for residents of the South Shore to the next level. An MRI will mean more timely and convenient access to diagnostic imaging for our community. Fewer patients will have to travel or be transported for this important diagnostic service, and the addition of the MRI will support recruitment of health care providers to our region.