Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cole Memorial gets newer, bigger MRI

Pictured from the left: Cole Memorial’s Kim Avery, MRI technologist, views scans using GE’s new software program while Lead MRI Technologist Veronica McCarthy assists a patient in their new MRI
COUDERSPORT, PA– As part of an ongoing focus to use the latest technology and treatments available for patients, Cole Memorial has installed a next generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, General Electric® (GE) Optima MR450w 1.5T GEM, at the Hospital. This equipment replaces the MRI that was installed in 2003.
Benefits of the new MRI include:
• Large 70-centimeter opening (bore) for patient comfort and reducing claustrophobia
• Feet-first scanning also for claustrophobic patients
• An ability to accommodate patients up to 500 pounds
• The ability to compensate for patient movement during the scanning, which leads to fewer repeat images
• Faster, higher quality scanning
• Software applications offer potential for 3-dimensional images & views in various planes
• Noise dampening technology gives the patient a quieter, more relaxing experience
Pictured from the left: Cole Memorial’s Lead MRI Technologist
Veronica McCarthy assists a patient in their new MRI.)
An MRI is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to take pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRI may be utilized for many reasons such as locating tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel diseases, or infection. MRI may also be used to provide more information about a problem seen on an X-ray, ultrasound scan or CT scan. Contrast material is sometimes used during a test to show abnormal tissue more clearly. 
“This is another example of Cole Memorial providing technology that is not only highly advanced for diagnostic exams, but also patient-centric, bringing state-of-the art treatment in-line with comfort and care for patients,” said Keith Hartjen, director of Diagnostic Imaging Services at Cole Memorial. “The high-quality images received complement the level of care provided by the Cole healthcare providers.” 
The magnet was lifted into the hospital by a crane in late September for installation at the renovated MRI suite. Staff training continues throughout the week, and they expect to be doing patient scans by November 1. Cole’s MRI team sees approximately 200 patients each month. 
Over the past year, additional diagnostic imaging upgrades included a new OEC 9900 C-Arm for on-demand surgical images in the Hospital’s Operating Room. 
New diagnostic imaging technology will enable Cole Memorial to meet the growing demand for its services, reduce waiting times for patients and provide a more convenient service.