New MRI Machine At Cassia Regional Medical Center
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
A 1.2 million dollar addition to Cassia Regional Medical Center, the most advanced G.E. MRI scanner available.
The new machine replacing a much smaller version located in a semi-trailer in the hospital's parking lot.
Jeffery Mitchell, imaging technologist, says, "if they didn't fit in our scanner we would send them to Twin Falls, Pocatello, Salt Lake City. Now they can actually come to this scanner and get done a lot easier, less travel time.”
Administrator Rod Barton adds, "we do about 1,200 MRI scans in a year we are aware of 100, perhaps 200, people that can't have a scan in the back of the truck so with this new scanner we're hoping to serve those people we haven't served in the past."
Improvements include the ability to listen to music, in addition to a more spacious atmosphere.
For some hospital workers, the new technology has personal meaning.
Mitchell notes, "with my dad we've had to do scans on him, he's very claustrophobic. When it hits home and you have to have your own parent in that scanner, it's a lot more personal so the claustrophobic patients are very high on my list on how we can get the scanner and better the community."
Barton adds, "it will be nice to have the project competed. It will really be great for patients. Of course this is all part of a master facility plan so we're looking years in the future about how to improve patient care."
Installation of the machine is underway. The hospital hopes to have the first patient use it by the first week of February.