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The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) service at the National Referral Hospital in Thimpu of Bhutan resumed from Monday after almost eleven months.

The new upgraded machine was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, according to reports.

According to hospital sources, the machine has been upgraded and entire system changed.

The hospital authorities are now hopeful of providing better service and better image quality.

As the hospital was not able to provide the services since October last year, a total of 74 patients were referred to Siliguri in India for MRI services.

The scanner has been in use for about 12 years and high-end medical equipment has a lifespan of about ten to twelve years, sources added.

The hospital had to undertake a series of procedures before upgrading the machine.

The hospital had to order the parts from Bangkok and India.

The MRI service is provided from 9 am till 3 pm, as usual, and the service will also resume for off-hour clinic from 4 pm until 7 pm.

The machine is upgraded at a cost of Nu 40 M, which is approximately Rs 40 million.

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