New CT scanner, MRI gear coming to Gladstone
GLADSTONE patients will benefit from the arrival of improved medical imaging technology - but only if they can afford it.
The new $300,000 CT scanner will be installed at the Central Queensland Medical Imaging (CQMI) clinic next month, following a $2million upgrade at the clinic last year.
That upgrade included a fixed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.
But the private health improvements have renewed calls from patients reliant on the public system, for better access to Medicare-funded services in the region.
Gladstone Hospital does not currently have an MRI machine.
That means public system patients must travel to Rockhampton or utilise a mobile MRI unit, which comes to Gladstone fortnightly.
Tannum Sands breast cancer survivor Debbie Rosenthal had to undergo numerous MRI scans in Rockhampton.
She said she still needs scans as she receives ongoing treatment - and with a 23-year-old autistic son, travelling to Rockhampton has been difficult for the family.
She has only been able to use the mobile service once.
She said it was much easier on the whole family.
As a pensioner without private health insurance, Debbie could not afford to have an MRI at a private facility in Gladstone.
She said many would benefit from a public MRI service in town.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chief operations officer Rod Boddice said it was not practical or affordable to provide them in every centre.
"The Rockhampton service is free of charge to all public patients."
For urgent scans on public patients, Mr Boddice said privately operated MRI facilities in Gladstone may be called upon and paid for by Gladstone Hospital.
CT scanner will improve clinic facilities
AN ADVANCED CT scanner is set to be installed next month at the Central Queensland Medical Imaging (CQMI) clinic within Gladstone Mater Hospital.
The CT equipment will improve access to cardiac scans and features low radiation dose technology.
CQMI regional manager Keri Kamau said he was proud to help deliver improved access to high quality medical imaging services to patients in the region.
Mr Kamau said the installation of the equipment will reduce the need for patients to travel long distances to Rockhampton or Brisbane.