Franklin Memorial Hospital’s (FMH) eight-month project to expand its facility to house a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is now complete.
Following stringent comprehensive equipment commissioning, including calibration with the manufacturer and subsequent performance monitoring to assure the highest quality standards, the new technology is now being used with patients.
According to Kim Turner, FMH director of radiology, cardiology, and pulmonary services, “This is an important hospital investment toward better serving our patients. The scanner’s state-of-the-art platform makes it one of the most versatile and powerful systems available to date with feet-first, whole body coverage.”
The new scanner features advanced wide-bore technology to improve patients’ experiences by operating with less noise, decreasing feelings of claustrophobia, and accommodating heavier patients up to 500 pounds. In addition, patients choose their favorite nature video to view, lighting hue, and music during the procedure to create a soothing environment.
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.