Friday, February 4, 2011

The Magnet is in The House!

Everyone is welcome to an open house this coming Monday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to view our new Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit. Join us in the Tomasek Conference Center at GRMC. Staff will take guests on tours of the new MRI suite, answer questions, and provide information about this incredible diagnostic imaging equipment. Please come help us celebrate. More than 430 people donated $322,000 to help make this possible and that's pretty cool. Magic happens when a community makes an investment like this for the greater good. My thanks to all those who supported the effort to make this MRI available for GRMC patients.

As you might imagine, I have been watching the installation of our new 1.5 tesla magnet with great interest. This wonderful new piece of technology is already being used by our patients.
With the extreme winter weather we've had lately, it is especially wonderful to have the MRI inside. Patients have had to be taken outdoors in all kinds of weather to get to the mobile MRI unit and now, they can stay indoors.

A few weeks ago, our MRI technicians were learning the new equipment and needed a volunteer to work with. I've had an MRI on my back, so we had a previous scan to compare with from several years before. Not only was the scan itself a piece of cake, the difference between the images was impressive. Even to my untrained eyes, the difference was unbelievable.

It's great to have the magnet in the house!

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