Delta County Memorial Hospital is investing $1.2 million in a new General Electric Optima MR450W MRI. A crane was brought in May 14 to place the unit in a newly remodeled radiology department room.
It is the newest MRI on the Western Slope.
With newer technology, the MRI will be able to produce the highest quality of images, especially with the use of the dedicated coils that come with the new system.
"We will also be able to scan areas we weren't able to before," stated Jeff Richmond, manager of radiology at DCMH.
This new MRI features a wide bore, which is shorter and wider, so patients who have issues with going into a "tunnel" for an imaging study may feel somewhat less claustrophobic. The wide bore of the MRI also accommodates larger patients up to 450 pounds. Motion suppressing software adjusts to patient motion during imaging studies, Richmond said.
The multi channel system of this new MRI technology, versus the single channel technology of the older MRI, increases image quality and requires shorter scan times, stated Dr. Steven Bernstein, lead radiologist for DCMH. The multi-channel scanner comes with specialty coils for the head, neck, spine, knee, shoulder, wrist, body and breast. There is improved image quality for smaller body parts and extremities such as wrists, ankles, and knees.
The remodeled MRI scan room at DCMH has large windows with more natural lighting to help patients feel more comfortable when an MRI imaging study is requested by their physician, Richmond said.
The new GE MRI at Delta County Memorial Hospital Radiology Department officially "goes live" June 3. The following week, test imaging studies will be completed.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is investing in the future with this new MRI technology to remain the hospital of choice for Delta County families.
"We are combining 21st century technology with our high quality medical care by professional clinical staff," said hospital administrator Jason Cleckler.blog comments powered by Disqus