• New TRG Imaging clinic with state-of-the-art MRI machine opens in Hastings

New TRG Imaging clinic with state-of-the-art MRI machine opens in Hastings

A new TRG Imaging clinic in Hastings will support patients to receive world-class imaging, resulting in earlier diagnosis and improved treatment pathways. 

The clinic, which is operated by Canopy Healthcare's radiology arm, TRG Imaging, opened last week on Canning Road and includes a state-of-the-art $3m Siemens 3T MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine.

TRG Imaging’s Hawke’s Bay General Manager Paul Toomey said it is the latest step to meeting a surge in demand for medical imaging and cancer treatment services in the region.

“It will provide doctors with advanced detailed imagery, resulting in faster and more accurate reporting as well as removing the need for our local community to travel further afield, often as far as Wellington and Auckland," Toomey says. 

“The expansion will be seen as some positive news when there is so much uncertainty and change in the region.”

TRG Imaging MRI technologist Heather Joll with a patient at the new TRG Imaging Canning Road Clinic. Photo/Supplied.

TRG Imaging has also just completed a three-year redevelopment of its Royston Hospital based clinic in Prospect Road, Hastings which included new MRI, CT and mammography technology.

TRG’s parent company, Canopy Healthcare’s chief executive Tony Moffatt said the next stage is a new PET-CT and Therapy Centre, opening in early 2024.

PET-CT is an essential tool in the diagnosis and management of many cancers including melanoma, lung, breast, colon and prostate cancer. Previously the closest machines were in Wellington and Hamilton, a journey that TRG will ensure is a thing of the past.

Additionally, TRG has announced that they will establish a full imaging site including MRI in Napier in 2024, at a soon-to-be-confirmed location, thereby ensuring that high-tech imaging services are accessible in both major cities.

“As we have seen over the last few months, roading infrastructure connecting Hawke’s Bay to other regions has been severely impacted and our investment in medical imaging technology and service in the region provides peace of mind for those needing responsive medical treatment locally,” Moffatt said.

The final stage will be the one-stop imaging and cancer care clinic at Kaweka Hospital’s Stage 2 development, opening in early 2025 as part of the additional 7,000m2 of clinical space including a critical care ward, local cancer diagnosis and treatment services and a cardiac catheterisation lab will offer a full-service imaging, consultation and oncology treatment centre.