To stay on the cutting edge of medicine, from April through August 2022, Interhealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital will be transforming parts of its Diagnostic Imaging department by replacing the existing CT and MRI scanners with more advanced units.
The MRI scanner will be the first to be replaced.
The scanners will be replaced sequentially.
The innovative Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) scanner will be installed at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Providenciales. This newest model of MRI has advanced Artificial Intelligence-enabled technology and intuitive features and will be the first unit GE has installed with this software in the Caribbean.
This is a significant investment in health services with a capital project that replaces the CT and MRI scanner worth almost $2 million dollars.
The GE SIGNA™ 1.5T MRI is designed to have shorter scanning times, increase the number of patients that can be scanned and maximize the image features and promote an enhanced user experience from both the imaging team and the patients.
The first phase of work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 4th, 2022 and will commence with creating a pathway in the building that will be used to remove the old MRI and install the new MRI.
MRI appointments will still be conducted during this initial phase. The removal of the existing MRI is scheduled to take place on April 20th, 2022 and the installation and launch of the new MRI takes place in early August if not sooner. After April 20th, 2022, when the MRI service is offline, when clinically indicated, alternative modalities will be used to scan patients.
Installing the MRI will mean that construction work will change the patient pathways to our Diagnostic Imaging department and signage will be available to guide patients along with the assistance of our staff. When a patient arrives for their diagnostic imaging or MRI appointment, our patient service associates, and front desk staff will provide them with information and direction and help the patient safely navigate in the department.
"The addition of the 1.5T system showcases our commitment to providing advanced imaging services to the community of the Turks and Caicos Islands. We are proud to be one of the first hospitals in the Caribbean to install this new technology and play a part in the development of health care", C.E.O. InterHealth Canada – TCI. Hospital Dr Denise Braithwaite-Tennant.
"We have a comprehensive imaging program, a strong imaging and project team dedicated to providing the best patient care possible and executing a well-coordinated, safe and successful project.
We are not doing it alone but in partnership and input from our key stakeholders in the Board of Directors of InterHealth Canada, Ministry of Health, National Health Insurance Board, Contract Management Team, Service Review Board and Community Advisory Committee.
We will take all reasonable steps to minimize disruptions to services and keep you informed each step of the way. I want to thank our patients and families for their patience as we seek to advance innovative and quality care for everyone.” added Dr Braithwaite-Tennant, C.E.O. TCI Hospital
"There will be a need for some particular infrastructure works during the MRI replacement due to the size and weight capacity of the new machine. There are required building works before and after the new MRI is installed.
Once the building works have been completed, the construction team will then be able to start the first phase of work to remove the old MRI machine. Once the old MRI machine is removed, we will be required to refurbish the MRI room, and this involves us removing the internal walls, floors and ceiling to allow room for the arrival and new MRI.
I want to thank our patients for their understanding as we move further to provide a service that is unprecedented in the Turks and Caicos Islands and, by extension, the Caribbean", Martin Dawtry- General Manager, Facilities Management.
The TCI Hospital will provide further communications through press releases, social media updates and video blogs throughout the MRI installation project.