On Saturday 8th April, QS Enterprises accepted delivery of two new MRI systems to its new facility, the Chenies Mews Imaging Centre in London’s Bloomsbury.  The two new magnets (a 1.5T Aera and a 3T Prisma system, both from Siemens Healthcare) will begin commissioning imminently with a view to the new facility opening to patients in early May 2017.

The Chenies Mews Imaging Centre, located within the UCLH Charity-owned Roger Williams Building on Chenies Mews, will be the new location for the company’s renowned clinical and research cardiac MRI service.  This service has been located at the UCLH site formerly known as The Heart Hospital on Westmoreland Street since 2010 and whilst the move will be a sad one to make, it will enable QSE to expand its current cardiac MRI service, whilst also developing new clinical services for both NHS and private patients.

Professor James Moon, Professor of Cardiology at University College London, Director of Imaging at the Barts Heart Centre and Clinical Advisor to QSE said that “when it comes to capability, these scanners are a world first.  We will be achieving new methods of quantifying disease, whilst also making the process easier for patients.”

Through liaison with manufacturers, both state-of-the-art scanners have been upgraded and designed specifically so that the Chenies Mews Imaging Centre staff are able to offer cutting edge imaging techniques for both clinical and research applications.

As well as cardiac imaging, the 3T magnet will also allow QSE to offer new imaging services to patients requiring neurological MRI.  Peter Sutton of Queen Square Private Healthcare, QSE’s division at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery said that “the ability to now be able to include 3T imaging as part of our own dedicated private patient facilities is very important to us and our referring colleagues.  Whilst located a short distance away from Queen Square, our staff will be able to coordinate appointments on the patient’s behalf at the new centre if 3T imaging is required, maintaining the seamless care pathway we strive to achieve.” It is anticipated that the 3T magnet will be particularly useful for high resolution imaging of peripheral nerves, as well as imaging for dementia and epilepsy.

A unique MRI scanning service for patients with cardiac pacemakers and other implantable cardiac devices will also be available.  Through multidisciplinary collaboration between cardiologists, radiologists and device manufacturers (a collaboration which is unique to the private market) the Chenies Mews Imaging Centre will be able to offer regular appointments for patients requiring MRI of anywhere in the body who may not have been able to access MRI elsewhere due to their cardiac device.

Finally, the Chenies Mews Imaging Centre will also share its home with a group of researchers from University College London who will be studying health, ageing and frailty.  The Chenies Mews Imaging Centre will take part in cutting edge research which will improve clinical care for all patients, no matter what disease they have, be it neurological, cardiac or cancer.

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