It’s hoped that Kerry General Hospital will have its first MRI service by the end of this year.
Currently, patients who need MRI scans are treated at the private Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee or at Cork University Hospital.
Kerry General is working with a private company, Alliance Medical, to bring an MRI service to the hospital’s campus.
The Health Service Executive says feasibility studies have been carried out and planning permission is now being sought to allow an MRI unit close to the hospital.
If planning permission is granted, Kerry General hopes that the service will go live before the end of the year.
Kerry General’s partner, Alliance Medical, is a provider of diagnostic imaging services.
In the meantime, MRIs will continue to be carried out at the Bon Secours or at Cork University Hospitals.
MRI – magnetic resonance imaging – examines a body’s organs and structures and is used to diagnose a variety of conditions, including tumours.
It’s particularly useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.