Limassol general hospital has received a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, Disy MP Charalambos Pazaros announced in a press release on Tuesday.

The MRI machine, acquired at a cost of 2.4 million euros, was unveiled on Tuesday at the hospital in the presence of Minister of Health, Michalis Hatzipandelas, the hospital’s director, and other state health services officials. It is intended to cover the needs of patients from Limassol, Paphos, Polis Chrysohous and Kyperounda.

In his statement, Pazaros said Limassol and Paphos, like the rest of the state hospitals, are in the process of being modernised. In addition to technology upgrades, Limassol recently established a paediatric radiology unit, staffed by two paediatric radiologists, who, in addition to ultrasounds will now also have the capacity to perform MRIs on children.

Two additional technological upgrades are the acquisition of a SPECT-CT machine (the third one on the island) by the department of nuclear medicine which specialises in the use of radioactive substances in diagnosis and treatment; and a new digital angiograph which will also support interventional cardiology and radiology.

A state-of-the-art 256-section CT scanner is in the process of tender, Pazaras said, and offers an improvement on the current 16-section scanner. The new CT scanner is expected to be received by next year and will be faster, sharper, with much lower radiation doses and able to support tests such as CT coronary angiography.