In wonderful news for cancer patients, a few weeks ago Chris O’Brien Lifehouse was granted an MRI licence by the Federal Government. This grant will enable us, in partnership with Royal Prince Alfred Hospital / Sydney Local Health District, to diagnose and treat cancer patients faster and more effectively, ultimately improving outcomes and saving lives.
Senator for NSW, Arthur Sinodinos, has recently returned to political life after his own cancer experience, and made the announcement of the MRI license at Lifehouse on March 31st. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse CEO Eileen Hannagan says, “A dedicated machine onsite will provide 24-hour access without delay as well as emergency access which can be critical for cancer patients. MRI licences are strictly governed by the Commonwealth Government and we are thrilled to be the recipients in the first round of new licences to be issued.”
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is used to precisely pinpoint the size and location of tumours, allowing us to better see if the cancer has spread. It is a powerful tool for visualising cancers in the soft tissues and bones of the body and is also used in radiation treatment to ensure that radiation is delivered as accurately as possible to the tumour, sparing the healthy surrounding tissue.
Many thanks to Health Minister Greg Hunt MP and the Federal Government for including us in this round of new MRI licences.