Hudson Hospital Imaging Center acquired a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner last fall offering high quality imaging to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. For the patient this means better imaging quality and an open bore design for a more comfortable spacious experience. The purchase was part of a bundled program through HealthPartners to upgrade MRI scanners at three of their hospitals: Regions, Lakeview, and Hudson. “We all use consistent imaging protocols for quality, safety and streamlined care for our patients.” says Sally Harris, manager, Hudson Hospital Imaging Center.
An MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI does not use radiation so these procedures allow for radiation free images, even for pregnant patients with their physician’s recommendation. Last year Hudson reported a total of 1,899 MRIs. “The MRI techs at Hudson Hospital take extra precautions to make sure that your experience is as comfortable as possible,” says Harris. “We use pre-warmed robes and your choice of music to increase your comfort and reduce anxiety.”
Physicians send patients to Hudson Hospital Imaging Center for MRI exams with pinpoint accuracy using the new scanner for a more confident diagnosis. “The quality of the images produced by Hudson Hospital’s new MRI is outstanding and makes a significant difference in accurate diagnosis of difficult medical problems. I’m grateful for the investment the Hospital is making in this new technology which drastically enhances the care we deliver to our community,” says Lincoln Likness, DO, Sports & Spine Medicine, Hudson Physicians. MRI exams offered at Hudson Hospital Imaging Center include: abdomen, angiography, chest, MR brain, pelvis, spine and upper and lower extremities. For safety reasons, the equipment’s magnetic field requires that we do an extensive screening of the patient & their history. This will prevent any metal objects entering the room that would be harmful or impact the scan images.
Prior to moving to the new hospital campus in 2003, the Imaging Center used a mobile van unit for MRI patients. In 2003, Hudson installed the latest MRI model on campus for the convenience of patients and clinical staff. In 2011, Hudson was awarded a three-year accreditation in MRI from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. In the fall of 2014 Hudson acquired the newest model – Siemens 1.5 Tesla Magnetom Aera MRI offering the highest quality imaging for optimal clinical diagnosis for patients. To safely install the 11,000 pound magnet, a crane was used to place in the scanner. With the purchase of this new MRI, Hudson is in the process of resubmitting for accreditation from the ACR.
Harris notes that many patients have commented on the caring approach from her highly trained staff. They take the time to explain, prepare and reassure patients to make them comfortable. “The open bore design also allows patients to be more at ease and less claustrophobic as with older MRI scanners,” says Michelle Rick, MRI Technologist, “The purchase of our newest MRI offers convenience and local access for our community,” says Harris. “You don’t have to travel to the Twin Cities to have this imaging test, and we are dedicated to the continued health, safety and well-being of our patients.”