Madelia, Minn. – New Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology is now available to patients at the Madelia Health Radiology Department. Testing is offered through Shared Medical Services in a brand-new mobile coach on Mondays and Saturdays near the Emergency entrance at Madelia Health.
MRI is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body. It is a noninvasive way for health care providers to examine organs, tissues and the skeletal system with high-resolution images. The technology can be used to diagnose a variety of problems.
The new GE Signa Voyager MRI enhances patient experience in a number of ways. The wide bore eases patient fears and provides exceptional comfort. Sound levels of the equipment have been reduced to roughly the same as ambient noise. Patients can select their own background sounds through an integrated music system and they can also select skylights and murals to enhance their experience. The table can support patients who weigh up to 550 lbs.
With the new MRI, exam time has been shortened without compromising image quality, and there is an overall decrease in the need for sedation. Breathe-free and motion-free applications eliminate the need for breath-holds and lying still during an exam, which decreases the patient’s stress level and claustrophobia.
In addition, the new equipment increases provider confidence in the tests. Total digital imaging helps deliver consistently sharper images than conventional MRI systems. Post-processing is incorporated into the protocol and completely automatic. The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) can be regulated for implants requiring this type of attention.
MRI exams can be scheduled at Madelia Health even if your provider is located at another facility. To schedule an appointment or for more information call 507.642.3255.