A newly installed CT scanner at Bougainville's Buka Hospital will save the autonomous Papua New Guinea region tens of thousands of dollars.
The scanner, which was funded by the Bougainville regional MP in the national government, Joe Lera, has been installed by an Australian company.
Buka General Hospital has admitted 8,000 patients in the past year, with 71 referred to Port Moresby or other hospitals, often for CT scans.
The chief executive, Dr Cyril Imako, says the referrals cost the hospital US$65,000 dollars and doing the scans in Buka will save money.
New Dawn FM reports the hospital will need to employ specialist staff to operate the machine and assess the scan results.