November 8, 2010 -
Olympic Medical Center’s brand new wide-bore MRI is now available. Housed in Port Angeles at Olympic Memorial Hospital (939 Caroline St.), this state-of-the-art MRI offers a larger opening than a traditional MRI and has a shorter gantry, meaning it has less enclosed space.
The MRI is a fully redesigned machine developed by GE. It offers top quality images and is on par with MRIs offered in Seattle-area hospitals.
“This MRI offers a good range of functions and the field strength is the industry’s best known and most used. It is not only a ‘workhorse,’ but it offers a patient-friendly space that helps alleviate anxiety for larger patients, children and those who don’t like tighter spaces,” says Deby King, director of diagnostic imaging. “The improved patient experience goes beyond the comfort of space, as it also offers shorter scan time and optimum results.”
Room with a View
Olympic Medical Center selected the new GE wide-bore machine as it offers more comfortable space, with the same high magnetic field strength as currently offered in Sequim. Also, with the large one-way window in the room overlooking the Strait, having the shorter bore magnet allows patients to enjoy the view during most exams.
A Special Note about Claustrophobia
Olympic Medical Center diagnostic imaging schedulers ask patients about claustrophobia. Options are available to patients, including testing out the MRI table prior to an exam to gauge their comfort level or working with their primary care provider to prescribe anti-anxiety medication. Olympic Medical Center’s diagnostic imaging staff aims to provide a comfortable experience for all patients.
About Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRIs use radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to take pictures of the body in narrow slices. Once assembled in the computer, these pictures provide clear and detailed images of the problem area. An MRI is normally used to look at nerves and muscle.
Preparation for an MRI is fairly minor; however, patients will want to notify the technologist if pregnant, breast feeding or diabetic. Also, all metal will need to be removed prior to the exam, including hairpins, hearing aids, jewelry, snaps and zippers, as MRIs are highly magnetic and these objects can become dangerous to anyone in the room. Please tell the technologist if you have an aneurysm, a pacemaker, prosthesis or any metal objects in your body.
To learn more about Olympic Medical Imaging Center and the diagnostic imaging services offered, please log on to www.olympicmedical.org or call (360) 565-9003.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.