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Radiology department preparing for MRI installation

3/2/2012

After years of research and planning, Crawford County Memorial Hospital is finishing a minor construction project that will yield a major benefit – the installation of its own state-of-the-art MRI unit to be housed within the Radiology Department.

The MRI (magnetic resonance imagining) system purchased by CCMH is a MAGNETOM Espree. The unit is scheduled to be delivered March 19, with set-up complete for patient use April 9.

“The MRI machine we have acquired is one of the best in the market right now,” said Brook Eggeling, Radiology Manager at CCMH. “It has many features that will increase our efficiency in the department and provide more patient convenience at the same time.”

The Open Bore, 1.5 Tesla MRI system combines a larger bore, or circular opening, with the ability to capture high-field quality diagnostic images. The machine being installed at CCMH features a bore opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter with almost one foot of free space between the patient’s head and the magnet.

“The machine has a magnet which is just four foot long,” said Eggeling. “This magnet length, which is smaller than other models, means more than 60 percent of our exams will be able to be completed with the patient’s head outside the circular bore. This will definitely help patients who feel anxious in small spaces.”

CCMH has been offering mobile MRI – meaning an MRI transported on a semi-trailer and parked near the hospital three times a week – for many years. In order to utilize MRI testing through the mobile unit, patients have been taken outside of the building and lifted into the semi-trailer. Additionally, some patients have experienced delays in scheduled exam times due to weather or traffic issues for the truck to arrive in Denison. But those inconveniences will end later this spring.
 
“We understand that having an MRI can be scary for patients,” said Eggeling. “So we are excited that this new machine will allow us to provide patients with more comfort and eliminate some of those added stressors.”