Denys Wynn, with the new MRI being installed at the Lismore Base Hospital.
Denys Wynn, with the new MRI being installed at the Lismore Base Hospital. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Best in cancer treatment

TWO new $3 million machines acquired by Lismore Base Hospital last week will make it one of the best equipped regional medical institutions for treating cancers.

On Wednesday and Saturday, positron emission tomography-computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging machines arrived from Europe and engineers from the United States and Germany will install them over the next fortnight.

While MRI machines are relatively common, Lismore hospital is the only regional medical institution in Australia to acquire a PET-CT machine.

"The PET does imaging and the CT does imaging, then they're fused together and you can very accurately locate cancers and tell if they're responding to treatment or not," Lismore Base Hospital manager of imaging services Denys Wynn said.

"The beauty of PET with the CT is that normally you have to wait for the macroscopic changes in the cancer to reflect that the treatment's working, but with this, it starts to react more quickly and you can see that the tumour's reacting."

The new MRI machine will also be used to scan tumours and tissue damage.

"When those guys hurt their knees at footy, what are they off for? An MRI," Mr Wynn said.

"The MRI machine will bring people here and the PET-CT will certainly bring a significant amount of people in from surrounding regions.

"The two machines will work well together."

The machines, which cost $3 million each and were paid for by the Federal and NSW Governments, will not be fully operational until October.

"There's still a lot to be done," Mr Wynn said.

"There's a team here to install them but then the building work has to be completed.

"We're introducing two very new technologies to our site, so we have to get safety in place, safety manuals, policies and procedures that are pertinent to them."



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