Patients in Forth Valley are among thousands of Scots who are benefitting from two new MRI scanners that are helping to reduce waiting times for diagnostics.

The Scottish Government awarded £2.4million to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank to fund the new equipment.

In a matter of months, the two MRIs have carried out 3500 scans for patients from eight health boards, including NHS Forth Valley.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “About 10,000 more people will receive MRI scans each year thanks to this new equipment and it’s excellent news that local patients are among those who are benefitting from this increase in capacity.”

Jill Young, chief executive of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, said: “This direct investment will allow us to have an even greater impact in diagnosing, treating and monitoring long-term health conditions, including heart disease and cancer.”