Grateful for Access to MRI

Nancy Hopkins knows how lucky she is to have an MRI machine within a 30-minute drive of her Wiarton home.
“I don’t think people realize how fortunate they are to have an MRI so close to home,” the 74-year-old said. “It is an intimidating thing to have to go through, let alone drive to London, Hamilton or Toronto. It’s reassuring to know I can be there in half an hour.”
Nancy was one of the early MRI patients at Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Diagnosed with a brain tumour called Accoustic Neuroma 29 years ago, surgery in London removed the tumour. She now needs an MRI every four years to be sure it hasn’t returned.
Nancy describes her first MRI test as “scary. You’re in this tube and you can’t move, and I don’t like small spaces.” But the technologist spoke to her through a speaker during the test, reassuring her.
“The techs are excellent,” she said. “I just can’t say enough about them. They’re patient, kind and considerate.”
She and her husband show their gratitude by donating regularly to their local hospital foundation. “I think people should donate because we’re the ones who benefit from it.”
The new MRI is expected to be installed and in use by early 2019.

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