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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) creates a strong magnetic field and uses radio-frequency waves to examine internal organs and tissues. It is used to diagnose a broad range of conditions, including heart disease, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders and diseases of the lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen and pancreas.

Traditional MRI devices are closed cylindrical units into which the patient table slides. Newer MRI "short bore" systems are wider and the tunnel is shorter. Some units are open on all sides.

Unlike other diagnostic tests, MRI does not use radiation. MRI is also more expensive than other imaging methods but may reduce the need for invasive procedures. Results are usually available within a few days.

Health Central Hospital's MRI Upgrade

Health Central Hospital's newly-upgraded MRI system offers a number of enhancements that will appeal both physicians and patients as far as image quality, processes, comfort and efficiency. Notable benefits include:

  • $600,000 in improvements;
  • 16 channels versus the previous four;
  • Provision of clearer images and scans 50% faster than the previous system;
  • Averages only 20 minutes per MRI session;
  • New coils installed for spine, with specialty coils installed for knees, ankles and feet;
  • Can also take breast images;
  • New embedded software application decreases motion and enables selection of non-motion slices;
  • Much easier to use with renally-compromised patients; can perform runoffs with no contrast necessary;
  • New built-in, self-adjusting stereo system allows patients to select their own music.

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