Years of foresight and months of planning finally paid off when Hilton Head Regional Medical Center began offering in-house Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) the first week of November. Although the facility has offered MRI through contracted services with local providers, the new fixed unit provides full-service capability and availability to the community and referring physicians.
The new in-house unit allows faster and easier scheduling for those patients in need of the service. “Availability is the key factor with any imaging service. With the in-house unit we are now able to provide MRI services daily,” stated Chris Cribbs, director Imaging services.
MRI is a painless way to look inside the body without using X-rays. It uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to scan the body and produce detailed pictures that may not be seen on conventional X-rays. The pictures are then used to assist physicians in diagnosis and planning treatment.
In the past, MRI exams were used mostly for head and neck studies. Today, however, the technology is used to assess disease and injury in the spine and back, pelvis and abdomen and extremities such as knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists. Most MR scans last about 20 to 40 minutes. Even complex scan studies may be completed within an hour. That’s just one reason we chose our new MR system from Philips. Another reason is image quality. Because this scanner is so advanced, it can capture the specific images your doctor needs to make an informed diagnosis, to plan your treatment and help you feel better.
The completion of the $1.9 million project allows the hospital to introduce the Philips Intera 1.5 unit featuring the ability to reconstruct up to 860 images per second, reduce acoustic noise, apply real-time interactive imaging capabilities and provide fast, high quality, whole body imaging. To learn more about the patient benefits and diagnostic quality of the MRI, call Imaging Services department at 689-8276.