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Dauphin to receive long awaited MRI

Shawn Bailey
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The Parkland received an early Christmas present from the province when Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced the long-awaited installation of an MRI at Dauphin Regional Health Centre will proceed.
The decision to purchase the magnetic resonance imaging machine was made despite a report from the wait times task force released last week which indicated the province does not need any more MRIs.
The report indicated there is enough capacity within the existing system to provide more MRI service and reduce wait times by expanding the hours of operation for the 13 MRIs currently operating in Manitoba to 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Certainly I think that is an important recommendation, one that we are going to take seriously and look to implement over a longer period of time,” he said, adding those recommendations had to be balanced with the work that has already been done in Dauphin to prepare for an MRI facility.
The actual “bunker” to house the machine is mostly completed and represents an investment of $6 million, $5 million of which has already been spent.