Sheffield Boxing Legend Unveils new MRI Scanner at Local Hospital

1st December 2014

Sheffield boxing champion, Johnny Nelson, has unveiled a new £1.

2 million state-of-the-art MRI scanner at BMI Thornbury Hospital in Sheffield. Johnny, who had a hip replacement by Professor Ian Stockley at the private hospital, cut the ribbon to declare the scanner officially open for business. The scanner will improve imaging for muscular and joint problems such as sports injuries and spinal disorders, and will deliver new services including breast and vascular imaging. Whole body scanning for cancer patients and abdominal imaging for liver and bowel conditions will also help consultants to better identify a whole range of conditions. Johnny Nelson said: -I'm really pleased to be invited to BMI Thornbury Hospital to unveil its new MRI scanner. I had a very successful knee procedure and hip replacement at the hospital so know first-hand how important it is to have access to the latest diagnostic equipment. He added: -It's great to know that others will be able to benefit from the same level of expertise and care that I received and the addition of the new MRI scanner will only improve the hospital's service. It was a fantastic morning and a great way for me to support the hospital with its new investment. Benefits of the GE Optima MR450w 1.5Twith GEM Suite scanner include excellent image quality, a larger scanner diameter to help reduce claustrophobia, and reduced noise for patient comfort. Marge Falconer, Executive Director at BMI Thornbury Hospital, said: -This investment will advance the hospital's imaging and diagnostics services, and allow us to expand into new areas. The scanner comes as part of continued investment into the hospital's services which will give patients access to high quality care, from diagnosis to recovery. She added: -I'd like to say a huge thank you to Johnny for kindly giving up his time to help us celebrate the opening. The hospital has also made a £300 charity donation on Johnny's behalf to boxing charity the Brendan Ingle Foundation, to go towards the running of its boxing gym in Wincobank and the work it does towards the physical and mental development of young people.

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