23 Mar 2011

Christchurch gets specialised medical imaging machine

12:43 pm on 23 March 2011

A $100,000 medical imaging machine has been donated to Christchurch Hospital, the first of its kind to be used in the South Island.

The specialised machine provides detailed images of small bones during surgery.

The equipment was donated to help orthopaedic surgeons working on small bone injuries after an increase in demand following the 22 February earthquake.

The clinical director of the hospital's plastic surgery department, Barnaby Nye, says the machine helps surgeons to be more certain of their management of a fracture because of the fine detail it provides.