Province touts Canada's first emergency department MRI at the QEII

An MRI specifically designed to screen the brain following traumatic injuries is expected to be installed in the emergency department at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax by this fall.

Government says this will provide medical teams and patients with faster access to critical information needed for diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. 

The Research Nova Scotia Trust contributed $1.26 million to the project, with $1.4 million of in-kind contributions from Synaptive Medical Inc., and $700,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Once in place in the Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre, a three-year research project will be launched to study the impacts of the MRI's use in the emergency department.

The province says the results could determine a new standard of care in emergency departments across Canada.