TRG Imaging MRI technologist Heather Joll with patient at new TRG Imaging Clinic.

A state-of-the-art $3m Siemens 3T MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine is the centre-piece of equipment at TRG Imaging’s newly-opened clinic in Canning Road.

TRG Imaging’s Hawke’s Bay General Manager Paul Toomey says this is the latest step to meeting a surge in demand for private and public medical imaging and cancer treatment services in the region.

TRG Imaging is part of Canopy Healthcare’s radiology arm and Toomey says the new clinic will be able to see just under 4,000 patients per year.  “In particular we will be able to assess clinically urgent patients and increase urgent scans in a more timely manner.

It will provide doctors with advanced detailed imagery, resulting in faster and more accurate reporting as well as removing the need for our local community to travel further afield, often as far as Wellington and Auckland.”

However, he adds that the Canning Road clinic is only temporary before it moves into permanent premises at Kaweka Hospital in 2025.

TRG Imaging has also just completed a three-year redevelopment of its Royston Hospital based clinic in Prospect Road, Hastings which included new MRI, CT and mammography technology. 

TRG’s parent company, Canopy Healthcare’s chief executive Tony Moffatt said the next stage is a new PET-CT and Therapy Centre, opening in early 2024. 

PET-CT is an essential tool in the diagnosis and management of many cancers including melanoma, lung, breast, colon and prostate cancer. Previously the closest machines were in Wellington and Hamilton, a journey that TRG will ensure is a thing of the past.

Additionally, TRG has announced that they will establish a full imaging site including MRI in Napier in 2024, at a soon-to-be-confirmed location, ensuring that high-tech imaging services are accessible in both cities. 

The final stage will be the one-stop imaging and cancer care clinic at Kaweka Hospital’s Stage 2 development. This opens in early 2025 as part of the additional 7,000m2 of clinical space, including a critical care ward, local cancer diagnosis and treatment services, and a cardiac catheterisation lab offering a full-service imaging, consultation and oncology treatment centre.

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