Mercy gets ready to offer inhouse MRI
One of the new features in Mercy Hospital’s new addition will be an inhouse MRI in the Diagnostic Imaging Department.
An advanced imaging study, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body.
When this state-of-the-art MRI is completely operational in February, Mercy will offer patients both convenient and comfortable access to this specialized exam, Monday-Friday. The powerful 5.9 ton magnet was recently moved into its new home.
Along with other features, the sleek design of this new equipment will ease patient anxiety and allow for feet first scans for nearly all MRI procedures. Patient comfort is further enhanced with shortened scan times. Whole body coverage means no patient repositioning for multiple exams.
“This is a very exciting time for us. We look forward to working with patients in this beautiful space,” said Anna Koski, Diagnostic Imaging Supervisor. “Having the MRI inhouse, rather than on the mobile truck unit, will mean our patients remain indoors, especially during inclement weather. That is a definite plus. Being able to offer the MRI service every weekday also will add access and scheduling flexibility for our patients.”
The public is invited to preview the new addition at an Open House on Tuesday, December 30, 2 to 6 p.m. The public should access the new addition from the emergency entrance on County Road 61.
Mercy Hospital will begin caring for patients in its new addition on January 12, 2015.