MRI fail at the Canberra Hospital

johnboy 4 June 2012 1

The ABC has a tale of woe surrounding the MRI scanner at Canberra Hospital which has not had a happy history.

FOI documents show the scanner’s operating table has been subject to two recalls by the Canadian manufacturer because of problems with the hydraulics and locking mechanism.

Hospital staff were told last August not to book any more MRI cases in the short term.

But the documents show the scanner was not used until six months later in March this year.

The documents also show hospital staff moved the scanner table to make way for other types of surgery, despite warnings from the manufacturer and a technician about potential damage to the table, and safety risks.


UPDATE 04/06/12 15:02: The FOI cache is now available


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HenryBG HenryBG 3:19 pm 04 Jun 12

What a horrendously poorly-written article.

To summarise, without the spin and confusion:

1/ Hospital bought a dodgy Canadian scanner
2/ It was out of commission for 6 months to get fixed by the manufacturer
(3/ While it was out of order, staff moved the operating table, causing no damage to it).

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