Veterans Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Shared Medical Services, introduces state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to the local communities. A high field 1.5T MRI scanning system from GE Healthcare is now in service as of April 1. The GE MRI system replaces the older system and integrates the newest patient-friendly features with 16-channel technology for superior image quality, shorter exam times and increased diagnostic confidence.
MRI is a non-invasive procedure used to create detailed images of the soft-tissue, organs and vessels of the body. Two-dimensional images are obtained utilizing a combination of a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer. MRI does not use radiation and there are no known harmful effects.
The GE system has the capabilities of imaging in any direction, which provides important new perspectives of structures previously viewed in only one dimension. MRI provides greater image contrast to aid in the distinction of tissues – for example the gray and white matter in the brain – that is impossible with other forms of imaging.
Using MRI, radiologist and physicians may be able to make earlier diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to, brain and nervous system disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and organ diseases. Earlier detection can lead to better treatment and recovery as well as overall reduced health care cost.
The addition of this newest MRI upgrade at Veterans Memorial Hospital complements and extends the range of high-quality diagnostic services already available to the Allamakee and northern Clayton county communities. For more information, please call the Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department at 568-3411.