–BC Gov media release, generic image
Today, the province is announcing the opening of the new 3T MRI at Royal Jubilee Hospital. It is expected to reduce wait times for the publicly funded MRI exams.
This is the second year of the B.C. Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy, which continues to move forward with the opening of a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
The B.C. Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy launched in March 2018 and performed 233,369 MRI exams provincewide through the strategy’s first year. This is a 23% increase over the 189,376 exams performed in 2017-18. Going forward, in 2019-20, a further $5.25 million is being added to further increase the provincial total to 248,369 exams annually.
The additional MRI brings new capacity to the region and the ability to diagnose complex conditions, such as neurological disease, infiltrative heart disease and prostate cancer through the state-of-the-art MRI in the south island. It is also the first location in Island Health to get an advanced 3T MRI – a type of MRI that works more quickly and produces higher quality images with shorter turnaround between patients.
The total project cost is $6 million, cost-shared between the Ministry of Health, the Capital Regional Hospital District, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and Island Health.
The annual volume of MRIs conducted at the Royal Jubilee site was 7,640 in the fiscal year 2018-19. Island Health expects to complete over 8,000 MRI’s in the fiscal year 2019-20 at the hospital.