MRI Scanner to be Removed Thursday, April 15, 2021
After 14 years of serving patients, Saunders Medical Center is receiving a new MRI scanner as part of the Radiology upgrade project.
At 7:30 am a hallway of windows will be removed and at approximately 9:30-10 am the old MRI scanner magnet will be lifted. At 13,000 pounds, it will take about two hours to journey a short walk of approximately 40 feet utilizing a roller system.
Just before 12 noon the magnet will be lifted outside by a crane for removal from the facility.
The MRI scanner is a GE 450 W 1.5 Tesla magnet. The scanner is a completely refurbished system. New MRI equipment would cost over $1 million. When discussing the superb quality this system offers it was decided to go with this unit, saving over $500,000.
The MRI scanner will improve patient comfort with reduced noise, shorter scan times, a wider opening and less confined space. Also, the technicians will enjoy the user-friendly experience with the new technology, as the old scanner required more manual technologist involvement.
“The image quality and technology has vastly improved in the past 14 years. We are excited to provide continued superb care to our community with this upgraded MRI unit,” said Pat Dailey, R.T., Imaging Services manager.
The project included three units: A MRI, CT and mobile x-ray. The CT portion of the project has already been completed.
In addition, a portable x-ray unit has been utilized since August 2020. This unit allows containment of the patient and immediate acquisition of the digital image versus post processing the image in another location..
“For example, if a Covid-19 positive patient needs their lungs x-rayed, they can do this in close proximity to the patient, rather then transporting a patient or post-processing the x-ray through the facility. It is immediate and digital. This allows us to keep confine the virus, if needed, said Dailey.
The MRI scanner, a GE 450 W 1.5 Tesla magnet refurbished system, will be moved to Saunders Medical Center by mid-June, completing the Imaging Services upgrade.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to produce images of body tissue and organs. The magnetic field excites and then relaxes protons of the body causing an emission of radio signals. The signals are then processed by a computer to produce an image.
The MRI scanner is a circular tube that has an opening in the center through which the body passes through. The opening is longer than that of a CT scanner. The scanner produces loud noises during the procedure that will require you to wear ear plugs or a head set to protect your ears.
What is a CT Scan?
CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT imaging uses special X-Ray equipment to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body and a computer to join them together in cross-sectional views of the area being studied. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.
CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity than conventional X-Ray exams.