3T MRI scanner ‘lands’ at The London Clinic

The London Clinic, a private hospital and charity in Harley Street, will be the UK’s first hospital to offer patients the latest diagnostic imaging with the new Siemens Magnetom Vida 3T MRI scanner beginning this September Patients with cancer, orthopaedic, urology, and neurology conditions will benefit from high quality diagnostic scans with the latest 3T MRI technology.

A high-rise crane carefully lowered the multi-million pound scanner through the hospital’s roof. Siemens explains that a 3 Tesla MRI scanner works by generating a magnetic field twice the strength of the 1.5T scanners widely available in other hospitals. The company said: “The image clarity and detail is particularly beneficial for health conditions involving the brain, spine, musculoskeletal system, and heart, clearly showing small structures or disease within the body, such as small tumours.”

“We are proud that The London Clinic is the UK’s first hospital to offer our consultants and patients access to the new Siemens Magnetom Vida 3T MRI scanner,” said Al Russell, The London Clinic’s CEO. “The crane installation was a spectacle in the skyline, and expertly managed by the project team.”

“Our new MRI suite is located in our purpose built cancer centre in the Duchess of Devonshire Wing, explained Sophie Auld, Interim-director of Clinical Services at The London Clinic. “The 3T MRI technology produces a higher spatial resolution, resulting in better visualisation of anatomic structures, while subtle abnormalities can more easily be detected in cancer, orthopaedics, urology, and neurology conditions.”

“This is an exciting time for The London Clinic,” said Alistair Piggot, MR Business manager of Siemens Healthineers. “The Magnetom Vida is the first 3T MRI scanner with BioMatrix Technology, designed with revolutionary features to serve the increasing demands in high-end clinical imaging and clinical research.”