North Wales welcomes new $5.5M imaging center

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A new £3.5 million ($5.5 million U.S.) x-ray center with state-of-the-art scanning equipment, including x-ray, ultrasound, SPECT/CT and MRI scanners, has opened at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in Wrexham, Wales.

The Welsh Assembly Government, which funded the center, said it was the first in the United Kingdom to have new type of SPECT/CT, the BBC reported. Health Minister Edwina Hart, who opened the center, said it would “greatly improve” patient care.

Previously, patients have had to visit separate units for different types of scans, according to the BBC.

“As well as making it simpler for patients to get important diagnostic tests and scans, with the new equipment it should speed up diagnosis and ultimately treatment which will improve the health and outcome for patients. This assembly government investment is helping to modernize the way healthcare is delivered for the benefit of both patients and staff,” Hart said.