How big is the Whitesburg hospital’s new MRI machine?
Big enough that it had to be delivered through a hole in the roof instead of through a door!
The new machine — officially known as the Siemens Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine — was delivered to the hospital on January 20. The delivery was quite remarkable because it was placed in the hospital’s MRI suite through the roof of the building.
Including the cost of the new machine, the Appalachian Regional Healthcare chain is investing a total of $3.8 million on remodeling the Whitesburg hospital’s MRI suite to help create a more comfortable experience for patients, especially those who feel “closed in” during an MRI session.
The Siemens MRI is a larger unit with a larger “hole” for patients to fit through. It is much more comfortable for patients that are claustrophobic and will also accommodate larger patients. The MRI is quieter and more efficient in imaging and will also allow angiography (a test used to detect blocked arteries), which was not offered in the past.
Whitesburg ARH has three raexpand diographers trained in MRI technology, and they will receive a special week of training on the new equipment.
“We are excited about our new MRI machine and what it will mean to our patients,”said Alice Lucas, director of Radiology Services.
Whitesburg ARH CEO Dena C. Sparkman said the not-for-profit company “is pleased to make this significant investment into the community. We are committed to providing the best possible care to the patients that we serve every day.”