Hospital introduces new MRI machine

WASHINGTON — Patients in Washington have had an improved experience when going to the hospital for scans.

Washington County Hospital and Clinics announced this week in a news release it has installed a new state-of-the-art MRI machine.

The former machine was nearly 20 years old and with most machines having a life span of 15 years, an upgrade was necessary, the news release states.

“With the new MRI, WCHC’s skilled MRI Technologists are able to perform more tests per day that have exceptionally clear results allowing providers to assess and diagnose patients more quickly and accurately,” the release states.

Because MRI machines are known for triggering claustrophobia, the new MRI has a larger bore and shorter tunnel to allow patients to feel comfortable. Ceiling tiles that picture outdoor scenery and music have been added to help put patients at ease.

The project began in April and wrapped up June 15, leaving time for Imaging staff to attend training sessions for the new machine. The purchase was made with the help of the Washington County Hospital Foundation and the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.