More patients will benefit from life-saving diagnoses in the North-east after NHS Grampian took delivery of the very latest MRI scanner following a donation by the Craig family.
The donation has enabled the health board to purchase and install a third scanner for Aberdeen which will increase the scanning capacity in NHS Grampian.
In recognition of the support provided, the area housing the scanner will be known as the Craig MRI Centre.
The late David Craig, former chairman of the group, had close ties with Dr Metcalfe, a leading heart specialist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Prior to his death, Mr Craig expressed his desire for a significant donation to be made to the health service.
Existing scanners at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) and Woodend Hospital are used to diagnose patients from the North-east and the Islands.
Introduction of an additional scanner featuring the latest technology at Woodend will support the development of increasingly complex imaging techniques to provide more accurate diagnoses than in the past.
Douglas Craig, chairman and managing director of Craig Group said: “We were keen to make a contribution that would provide as much value and support to the community as possible. An extra scanner will allow more patients to be seen more quickly and will hopefully mean treatment for many can begin earlier.
“When it comes to health, everyone wants to be diagnosed and cured as quickly as possible and it is a privilege to be able to play a role in enhancing the services available to people in the North-east.”
The scanner concerned has been chosen specifically because it is wider and shorter in dimensions so that patients can be more comfortable and feel less enclosed.
In addition, the new scanner supports more detailed images to be taken of tissue surrounding metal implants and the new technology in the scanner features a ‘quiet mode’, which for the first time facilitates imaging of sleeping babies.
Professor Stephen Logan, Chairman of Grampian NHS Board, said: “This is a superb piece of equipment, the purchase of which was only possible thanks to the generosity of the Craig family. The whole organisation is very grateful to them.”