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We are fortunate to have an MRI machine close to home

Quinte Healthcare is replacing its MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine this winter and I hope County residents will show their support.

MRI is an imaging technique to scan anatomy and physical processes of the body. It was installed at QHC Belleville in 2008.

As a point of interest, 9,290 images were taken in 2015 with the average waiting time being just nine days. The Ministry of Health sets a provincial target of 28 days. It is evident that QHC has made a concerted effort to lower the waiting times considerably and should be applauded for the effort.

My experience having an MRI this past year was nothing but positive. The technologist was pleasant, explained the procedure well and answered my questions and was even able to perform my procedure earlier than my appointment time.

I understand that the new MRI (to be installed this winter) will be quieter, faster and has a movable table which will improve safety for those with mobility issues.

The time has come that the MRI machine must be replaced. The magnet, however, does not need to be replaced, thereby saving approximately one million dollars.

The cost of the MRI only will be approximately one million. This cost will be divided among the four hospitals. The contribution amount will depend on the percentage of time that each hospital used it. I believe that approximately 1,300 MRI examinations were performed on patients from Prince Edward County last year. The share of the cost for PECMH is to be $170,000 or 16.7 per cent.

As the government does not fund hospital equipment, the foundations look to the stakeholders to help them raise the necessary funds.

We in Prince Edward County are fortunate to have an MRI so close to home with such short wait times.

When the PECMH Foundation launches its campaign for the new MRI my hope is that you will consider supporting them to purchase this much needed piece of equipment.

This is a community that is very passionate and supportive of their local hospital. I think once again Prince Edward County will respond in a very positive way.

To make a donation, contact Penny Rolinski PECMHF executive director at 613-476-1008 ext. 4503 or email or visit the foundation website at

Fran Renoy,

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