Rushbond deal sees scanner move in

A new upright private MRI scanning facility will open in Leeds in May after the company behind it leased 4,000 sq ft of office suites at Tower Court, Armley. The new Leeds scanning centre is the first satellite base launched by the London Upright MRI Centre which opened in 2006. The centre will be based on the ground and first floor at the Grade II listed Tower Court, which it is leasing from Leeds-based property company, Rushbond, which redeveloped the former school in 1990. Upright MRI scanning differs from conventional MRI as it scans patients in an upright position, rather than supine. This enables the operators to demonstrate the effect of gravity on the back which can reveal problems that can be missed when a patient is scanned lying down. Centre commercial director Bruce Madge said the upright scanner could also help patients who only felt pain in certain positions or who were claustrophopbic and did not like being examined by the conventional scanners. “We decided to open in Leeds as it is particularly well positioned to cater for patients in the north of England and Tower Court is an ideal location within the city,” he said.