Vernon Jubilee Hospital will be getting a new MRI machine, which is expected to be in place in 2018.
There is currently no MRI at the hospital, with the nearest one in Kelowna.
Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster says the new machine will increase the capacity of the hospital to provide more service and reduce wait times.
The five million dollar MRI provides detailed pictures of the body’s organs and structures.
“MRI is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body’s organs and structures,” says a government release. “MRIs are used to diagnose a number of medical conditions, including abnormalities of the brain, as well as tumours, cysts and soft-tissue injuries in other parts of the body.”
“This is extremely good news for Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the patients we serve in the North Okanagan,” says Richard Harding, North Okanagan health service administrator. “The engagement, support and dedication of our Vernon physicians, staff and partners in their advocacy for MRI services at Vernon Jubilee to improve the delivery of patient care cannot be understated.”