Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria is set to become the first location within Island Health to be equipped with a publicly funded state-of-the-art 3T magnetic resonance (MRI) imaging suite.
Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement on Thursday morning.
“Today, we are announcing the opening of the new 3T MRI at Royal Jubilee Hospital,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“This is another part of our government’s Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy.”
The 3T MRI is an advanced type of MRI that works more quickly and produces higher quality images with shorter turnaround between patients.
The province says the additional MRI will also bring new capacity to the region and further the ability to diagnose complex conditions, such as such as neurological disease, infiltrative heart disease and prostate cancer.
The cost of the $6 million project will be shared between the Ministry of Health, the Capital Regional Hospital District, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and Island Health.
The Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy was launched in March of 2018, and the province says it resulted in a 23 per cent increase in the number of MRI exams performed in B.C. over its first year.