Union Hospital's MRI combines the ability to produce highly detailed images with a more open design, allowing larger patients the same high-quality imaging capabilities as smaller patients, and is less confining to claustrophobic patients. For making images of muscles, ligaments, nerves, the spinal cord and brain, MRI – magnetic resonance imaging – has been the overwhelming choice of doctors.
Union Hospital uses a Seimens Espree 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system. This new generation of MRI combines the high-field magnet power to produce highly detailed images with an "open bore”"design. A 2 ½ foot wide bore opening allows larger patients access to the same high-quality imaging capabilities, while claustrophobic patients will no longer have the ceiling of the magnet next to their nose.
This new MRI not only overcomes the limitations of small openings, but provides increased comfort for all patients. The increased power of the magnet produces sharper images of larger individuals. Patients can be scanned in a matter of minutes without having to be repositioned multiple times. For many it will be similar to having a CT scan.
With nearly 3,700 MRI scans done at Union Hospital last year, improved MRI service will have a major impact on the health of our community.
The MRI at Union Hospital is conveniently located in a new addition to the hospital's Radiology Department and is operated by hospital staff.