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The Costa del Sol hospital invests 659,182 euros on magnetic resonance equipment

Ana Isabel González looks at the screen
Ana Isabel González looks at the screen / SUR
  • The new scanner will mean patients no longer have to travel to Malaga for an MR scan and it will reduce waiting times for conventional tests

The Costa del Sol Health Agency, which runs the hospital of the same name in Marbella, has just invested 659,182 euros on updating its magnetic resonance equipment. The hospital in Marbella now has the latest generation scanner, which means it can use more complex diagnostic techniques, incorporate more advanced sequences and carry out conventional scans more quickly.

Thanks to this new equipment, patients will no longer have to travel to a hospital in Malaga for tests because they cannot be carried out at the Costa del Sol hospital, and they will not have to wait so long for conventional tests. The additional equipment will also improve productivity at the hospital.

In addition to the new equipment, the project also included improvements to the room in which the scans are carried out, to avoid having to build a new facility. Necessary changes were also made to the electronics systems.

The regional government’s delegate for Equality, Health and Social Policies in Malaga, Ana Isabel González, was shown around the new facility on Monday this week with the managing director of the Health Agency, Torcuato Romero. They were both keen to see the improvements and the new magnetic resonance equipment at first hand.

The new machine has been in operation since 5 December, the day on which its installation was completed. The radiographers and radiodiagnostic technicians have been given specific training on how to use it, and it will be developed progressively during the forthcoming months, with new, more complex and advanced techniques being incorporated.

The works began on 24 October, and were completed within six weeks. It would have taken much longer if new facilities had been built to house the machine.

Sources at the hospital say that this new equipment is much more efficient in energy terms because it consumes less electricity and helium than conventional machines. This not only reduces maintenance costs, but is also more environmentally-friendly.