The Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital received a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine on Wednesday (05/12). This is used for the diagnosis of neurological (spinal and brain) and orthopaedic (bones and joints) imaging. The advanced image quality will minimise the use of contrast media, reducing any potential risk to patients from allergic reactions. The new system will greatly improve workflow, because the image scan times will be shorter, thus making it more comfortable and safer with less noise and discomfort. The previous MRI machine was installed in 2005 and reached its lifespan. Due to advanced technology the old MRI machine was not compatible with the software upgrades which are needed for modern diagnosis. The installation of the MRI machine at the facility is nearing completion, with only minor commissioning inputs to be done. Lebogang Majaha, media liaison officer, said they were looking forward to a complete clinical hand before the end of December, with an opening ceremony being planned for late January. Due to advanced technology the old MRI machine was not compatible with the software upgrades which are needed for modern diagnosis.