Over 30 years of MRI at Addenbrooke’s

A unique celebration held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 to mark 30 years of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Addenbrooke’s

Addenbrooke’s hospital celebrates 30 years of MRI

A unique celebration was held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 to mark 30 years of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Past and present charity fundraisers, clinicians, scientists, equipment suppliers and hospital staff gathered to celebrate this anniversary.

In the 1980s, MRI was a relatively new technology, using a high-intensity magnetic field rather than x-rays. Today it is widely used in the diagnosis of a range of health conditions. The unit at Addenbrooke’s was the first to be built in East Anglia. Its traditions of research excellence and charitable support have made it one of the most advanced of its kind in the country, maintaining the hospital’s tradition for providing first class care and advancing medical science.

Kathleen Phillips, the widow of Councillor John Phillips and one of the original fundraising volunteers, explains. “John was very clear in his vision for helping to start body scanning in Cambridge and he worked tirelessly to make the appeal a success.” Over £10m has been raised over the past three decades to support the unit.

Ferdia Gallagher, honorary consultant radiologist at the hospital said: “It is great to be celebrating the history of our unit, to remember how much we have grown and the impact we have had on our patients.  Last year, we installed our sixth MRI scanner and this year we will perform 32,000 scans…which is more than ever before. But demand continues to grow, we have extended our hours to provide our patients with the very best care possible and we need to continually grow in order to ensure that we can meet the ever-increasing demand – in both capacity and technical expertise.”

Stephen Davies, Chief Executive Officer at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust said: “This is a story that demonstrates just how powerful the community can be in coming together to take the lead in providing the best health care for local people. The generosity of donors and fundraisers over the years has left an extraordinary legacy for the patients of today and of the future. We are very proud of the cutting-edge MRI facilities at Addenbrooke’s and are enormously grateful to all our supporters.

The event celebrated the work of the MRI team, past and present, and recognises some of the many supporters, including local companies Leeds Day solicitors, Buckles Law and the Cambridge Will-Writing Company who support Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s Make a Will Week.


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