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Iredell Health System Upgrades to Larger, More Comfortable MRI at Iredell Memorial

03/02/2016

Iredell Health System is pleased to announce an upgrade to its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

MRI is a mode of diagnostic imaging that uses a large magnet and radiofrequencies to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body, without producing any radiation.
Patients receiving MRI’s at Iredell will now notice a larger, faster, and more comfortable, relaxing exam, thanks to the addition of a new machine known as the MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T. Featuring a spacious bore that helps prevent a “closed-in” feeling, the machine is also quieter and more efficient than other models, which means many exams will take a shorter period of time to complete. The MRI also provides highly detailed images for physicians, allowing both physicians and patients to have a greater diagnostic confidence.

According to Tim Jones, Director of Radiology and Cardiovascular Services for Iredell Health System, MRI is used for neurological, spine, vascular, bone, joint and soft tissue abnormalities or injuries. It is an effective way to help physicians determine the presence of certain conditions as well, including inflammatory diseases and herniation or degeneration of spinal cord discs.

“The Siemens Aera system brings MRI to a new level in the community, utilizing the latest technology, which means shorter scan times, better image quality and a better patient experience as the bore diameter is larger and some of the imaging sequences utilize quiet technology,” Jones said. “Being able to bring technology like this to the community further demonstrates Iredell’s commitment to re-invest in the services provided for our citizens.”
MRI’s must be ordered by a physician, and patients are encouraged to ask their doctor to send any orders for an MRI to Iredell Memorial Hospital.

For more information, contact Meagan Kowalski at 704.878.7447 or us the website contact us form.

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