As part of the negotiations, PNG Olympic Committee president Sir John Dawanincura, pictured, and PNG golden mum Dika Toua were the first to undergo the scans at the hospital in Port Moresby yesterday.
Under the deal, all national athletes from the 28 sports competing in the Games would be referred to the hospital for scans if they suffered injuries.
Sir John said if everything went well the scanning service would be provided before, during and after the Games.
“According to the understanding we are trying to establish, once coaches or administrators identity or sense that their athletes are likely to get or are carrying injuries, they will be brought to the High Performance Centre for physios and specialists to examine them,” he said.
“If they see that their injuries are serious they will recommend them to PIH for their scans to be taken.”
He said the service would not only be helpful with detecting injuries but help during their rehabilitation process while recovering from injuries.
“They may have other options like seeking medical treatment elsewhere and so on,” he said.
Hospital senior manager business development and public relations Joel Sarmenta said the MRI machine was the first in the country they wanted to provide a service to athletes leading up to the Port Moresby Games.
Sir John said after the Games the machine would be offered to those who may have suffered injuries for a price.
Sportswoman of the Year Toua said she was thankful for the service because it helped her knee.
She said the scan would advise on the nature of her injury and the condition of her knee