New MRI Arrives at NMC
Apr 27, 2012 4:11 pm| Permalink
Northwestern Medical Center’s new fixed-site, large-bore MRI arrived at the hospital on Friday morning. The arrival of the equipment signals the final phase of the project, which has been underway since November. The new MRI will provide for upgraded software, a larger “bore” (the opening in the center of the scanner that a patient is placed in for imaging), and an improved patient experience.
“It is exciting to see the MRI arrive,” said Mark Sutton, Diagnostic Imaging Manager. “We are so thrilled to be able to make this dramatic improvement for our patients.”
NMC has made MRI services available in our community through the lease of mobile technology since 1998. This service began at one day per week and has gradually expanded, based on community need. The leased mobile MRI unit now operates at NMC five days per week, twelve hours per day – so it no longer leaves our campus. As the costs of purchasing and owning the equipment are less than the long-term costs of leasing, this improvement in care will reduce overall costs to health care system. The new fixed-site service is expected to be operational in June, and NMC will host a public open house at that time.
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