Photos & Video: Hamilton Medical Installs MRI

January 28, 2020 | 14 Comments

Hamilton Medical Center Ltd. has installed a new MRI at their soon-to-be-opened purpose-built facility in Hamilton, with an entire crew helping to install the 34,000-pound machine.

A spokesperson said, “The state-of-the-art Hitachi technology is the most powerful open MRI available in the world and Bermuda’s only truly open MRI. It will also be the island’s only MRI located in the heart of Hamilton.

“Burnaby Street was blocked off from Monday evening and an expert team flew down from the USA to oversee the very complex installation and a huge engineering feat.

“A rigger was parked curbside and lifted the 34,000-pound machine under the direction of an experienced installation crew. The machine was guided through a hole to the basement floor where the MRI will be located.

“Hitachi manufactures MRIs with the highest definition imaging available for open MRIs on the market. The MRI installed at HMC-Burnaby Urgent Care & Medical Imaging facility provides the best resolution for imaging [pictures] and therefore allows for more accurate medical diagnosis. MRIs are a safe technology that do not emit radiation.”

Dr JJ Soares, Medical Director of Hamilton Medical Center Ltd, said, “The Center and addition of an MRI and other diagnostic imaging have been four years in the planning, so it’s been pretty exciting to see the installation today.

“However, what I’m most looking forward to is being able to offer MRI services to patients who may be claustrophobic or who prefer the idea of an open MRI.

“The set up will also allow someone such as a parent or caregiver to be in the room during the procedure to hold your hand and I think that will bring a lot of comfort to patients.”

Dr Soares said, “We see our new MRI as a way to support the hospital, particularly during busy times. We are also here to offer patients same-day service for MRI and other imaging procedures without having to leave Hamilton.”

The spokesperson said, “The Hamilton Medical Center Ltd’s HMC-Burnaby Urgent Care & Medical Imaging facility is due to open in Spring 2020. It will offer urgent care as well as a full array of diagnostic imaging services comparable to the hospital on a walk-in basis, 7 days a week, with appointments up to 10pm each evening.”

Dr Soares said, “People lead busier and busier lives and we’re looking forward to offering same day and next day services at times that are convenient to the public, without the need for lengthy wait times or appointments. It’s the way of the future for medical services.”

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  1. Onion_peels says:

    Bermuda has more MRI facilities per capita than anywhere else in the world.

    • Cancel Culture says:

      We have more police officers too, but no one is complaining about that. Next time I gotta get an MRI, I’m glad I won’t have to be sweaty-palmed with fear. I hate those other machines, feels like you’re in a coffin.

  2. Very Impressive and looking forward to us as a country moving forward in the Medical/Health arena, I wish them well and great success, my only plight is how the former government seemingly went on a serious witch hunt to block and try to destroy Dr. Ewart Brown’s medical Center, and the recent news of Mr & Mrs Thomas, having so many road block’s thrown at them.

    I find it very interested that this company here in Bermnews, we have not seen any road blocks from start to finish, and I am just naive to think, that the former to businesses did not dot all their I’s and cross all their T’s, still seems as if something ain’t right in this country and the powers that be have to much clout, and for the record, the power’s that be are far from being the present sitting government.

    I do wish Dr. Soares and his team all the best, and many may take that tongue and cheek but I am sincere about this, I just don’t like the hell that others have been put through trying to render the same services.

    • Its all Happening says:

      I have heard that they have tried to block Dr Soares every step of the way -both governments too! Don’t worry they will still try. He has only gotten this far because of his shear determination .I wish him well and urge him to keep up the fight! So many nay sayers!

      Keep to the wicket.

  3. Trump supporter says:

    Well done jj.. but geengus be glad to see the construction complete.. you too I bet..

  4. Its all Happening says:

    This not true anyway. Besides you can’t get one at the hospital for 4-6 weeks now. They can’t even give you an appointment time when you call. They are cutting back recently big time and probably only going to get much worse if this new health plan comes into effect. Doesn’t matter how many MRI’s and stuff we have here YOU STILL CAN’T GET ONE WHEN YOU WANT IT. As with everything the more competition you have the better service and lower price you get.

  5. Imjustsaying says:

    I will be using that MRI looks truely open to me.

    • saud says:

      “I will be using that MRI looks truely open to me.”

      Really? Just for fun?

  6. Somebody tole me that the BHB need to keep their wages secret because the emergency staff are over worked and understaffed due to this correlation.
    Fancy that…social club mentality.
    Club needs paintin …short on alcohol …at the bar…but just look at the managers house.

  7. Red rose says:

    How many MRIs does a country of 60,000 need? No wonder our health costs are spiralling out of control.

    • Its All Happening says:

      As long as only appropriate tests are ordered there can be no increase in the number of tests being done overall. Only thing that happens is that they get done at the more convenient location as opposed to the others -(and maybe thats what they are worried about?) I can’t wait til it opens!

    • Its All Happening says:

      As long as only appropriate tests are ordered there can be no increase in the number of tests being done overall. Only thing that happens is that they get done at the more convenient location as opposed to the others -(and maybe thats what they are worried about?) I can’t wait til it opens

  8. Oniongirl says:

    I know Dr Soares personally and both governments have been trying to block this man for years. He wanted to open up a place on Queen Street but Planning said no as it was in a principal shopping area and now they let another open up on Reid Street! Government keeps introducing new policies and laws to thwart his efforts so, no, this man has had no easy ride, I can assure you. I wish him well with his new place!

  9. Maddog says:

    WOW….DR EWART BROWN HAD ONE AND THE POICE MESSED WITH IT…AND THE PEOPLE REJOICED…

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