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MRI scanners capacity and usage (FOI)

MRI scanners capacity and usage (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 18 October 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Please provide for each quarter ended 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December in each of 2019, 2020, 2021 (first two quarters).


Total possible scans capable from the States of Jersey MRI scanners when operating in accordance with manufactures recommendations


The number of actual scans delivered


The average waiting time for appointments for those on waiting lists at each quarter date as per the following classifications:

  • urgent

  • semi-urgent

  • routine public patient

  • private patients


Details of the definitions as per C above



The manufacturers recommendations do not impact the total number of possible scans performed on the system.

This will be determined by the number of staff available, and the number of sequences performed for each patient and patient area, which will be site specific.

The lighthouse MR scanner runs from 7:45am to 8pm five days per week, with extra sessions at the weekend.

We aim to run the Meadows scanner from 8:45am to 5pm on a weekday but this is staffing level dependent and is currently unattainable.

Different exams take a different amount of time, from 30 minutes for a routine head scan to up to two hours for more complex examinations.  

B and C


​ ​ ​ ​Average wait in days

​ ​Total scans performed

​Private (9)

Urgent (5) ​

​Moderate (3)

​Routine (1)



​January - March 2019​12​12​3278​​1431​1441
​April - June 2019​14​12​32​75​1720 ​1728
​July - September 2019​14​14​31​61​1383 ​1389
​October - December 2019​14​12​30​108​1563 ​1573
​January - March 2020​14​14​35​125​1438 ​1448
​April - June 2020​12​12​35​165​1048 ​1061
​July - Sep 2020​13​14​26​136​1574 ​1586
​October - December 2020 17​​15​34​45​1350 ​1356
​January - March 202115​​14​40.5​1501582 ​​1586
​April - June 2021​23​14​41​164​1768 ​1784


​Urgent ​Appointment within 1 week
​Semi-urgent​Appointment within 4 weeks
​Routine public patient Next available appointment ​
​Private patients​Next available private appointment, aiming within 2 weeks


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