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Consultant Radiologist

My name is Oystein Olsen. I'm the Consultant Radiologist with a sub-speciality in children's imaging services. So we have recently set up, only in April 2009, this new MRI suite at the Portland Hospital. It's located with the rest of the imaging services, but this unit has been built particularly to accommodate children of all ages, and also accommodate women because we attend to women's health at this institution. We have a brand new magnet and magnetic resonance imaging scanner with all the optional equipment so that we can do the whole spectrum of diagnostic imaging both for children, all the way from the foetus up to the adolescent, and also women.

We have women's problems, gynaecological problems and breast imaging. We have in place a very, very skilled and very good team of radiographers. They drive the magnet, they ensure that the images are of a very good diagnostic quality; they take care of the patients' safety here. And what is special is that we have also attached to us a team of anaesthetic people. They help us with children in particular because young children need to be asleep during the scan. The reason is that a scan can take a while, sometimes up to an hour, and if there is much movement during the chart, we get very bad images.

In this video, Dr Oystein Olsen, Consultant Radiologist at The Portland Hospital discusses how he is able tailor MRI Services for children.

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