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Stephanie Armstrong-Helton

Advanced MRI Now Offers Open-Bore Service
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St. Clair County...St. John River District and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals are pleased to announce that Open Bore MRI services are now available for patients across St. Clair County and surrounding communities. Advanced MRI offers access to the Open Bore, 1.5 Tesla, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system combining large bore (2.3 feet opening) for larger-sized and claustrophobic patients with quality diagnostic images.

Currently, large-sized patients have image studies done in open systems with low-field magnets, limiting the diagnostic usefulness of the images obtained. Advanced MRI's system offers high-field quality images in an open bore environment. This open environment has also proven to be beneficial to patients who suffer from claustrophobia.

"Our research indicates that approximately 25 percent of patients have size or claustrophobia concerns prior to scheduling an exam," comments Carl Anderson, MS, RT, director of Diagnostic Imaging Services, Advanced MRI. "Additionally, up to 10 percent of patients find themselves unable to complete a MRI procedure due to size, weight or claustrophobia after they've arrived at the unit, reducing the overall efficiency of health care provision."

"With additional Saturday appointments available, Advanced MRI service will increase patient convenience while providing access to an important diagnostic tool that many have to travel out of the area to obtain," explains Bob Czarnecki, manager, Physician Practice, St. John River District Hospital. "This magnet has been specifically designed to be both patient-friendly and of the highest quality. It is our expectation that it will reduce the need to repeat and/or interrupt exams."

"Certainly all patients deserve the same access to innovative medical imaging technology used for visualization, diagnosis and treatment planning for cancer, joint and orthopedic conditions and many other diseases," explains Daniel Shogren, DO, Radiologist with X-Ray Associates, PC, and member of the Advanced MRI oversight committee. "We are pleased that Advanced MRI can offer this exceptional level of image quality with an Open Bore system."

A joint undertaking between St. John River District Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, Advanced MRI services are provided at either St. John River District Hospital, in East China Township; or Mercy Health Center, in Fort Gratiot Township. Advanced MRI services are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., throughout the week, including Saturday.

For ease in scheduling an appointment at either Advanced MRI location, please call 810-985-1455.

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