£1m MRI scanner lifted into place at private hospital in Belfast
A million pound MRI scanner drew a crowd in south Belfast as it was lifted into a private health clinic by crane.
The Philips Ingenuity 1.5 is believed to be the most advanced scanner in Northern Ireland and has already attracted scores of inquiries before its arrival yesterday.
The two-ton machine was transported by ship from The Netherlands to Belfast before being carefully installed at the Kingsbridge Private Hospital on the Lisburn Road.
It took 30 minutes to be carefully attached to the lifting crane, and then just three minutes to lift to the first floor window of the hospital.
Kingsbridge said it is the most up-to-date model on the island and the first in any private hospital in Northern Ireland.
It will form a key diagnostic tool for Northern Ireland's first private cardiac assessment and imaging centre.
Anthony McKenna said it will take around two weeks before the machine is installed and in use.
He said this model allows a little more space for larger patients or those who are prone to feeling claustrophobic.
Most scans take around 15-20 minutes and will cost around £400 privately.