Mesa View Regional Hospital Offers the Latest Technology MRI
by Patty Holden, CEO, MBA, FACHE
Well, here we are looking at the New Year with anticipation and hope for new beginnings and positive things for our families, friends and community!
There is something at Mesa View Regional Hospital that has already been a benefit to patients in our community. We recently installed a factory new MRI scanner which has replaced the previous unit that was installed when the hospital was built and opened in 2004.
Technology has advanced over time, and we are so thrilled to have some of the latest technology available in MRI right here in Mesquite so patients will no longer be required to travel away from home for more complex tests, including MRI of the breast!
MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and is a test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to take detailed pictures inside your body. Your doctor can use this test to diagnose a condition or to see how well a patient has responded to treatment. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, an MRI doesn’t use radiation.
The new unit at Mesa View is made by Toshiba, featuring a 1.5 TESLA magnet and is referred to as a ‘people-friendly MRI,’ since it has been constructed to provide significant noise reduction for the patient. The amount of time required for the scans, in most cases, is significantly less than the previous unit, in some instances more than 70% less time.
Another enhancement that benefits patients is the ability to provide contrast images without requiring the patient to introduce any contrast substance into their body. The expanded exams now available at Mesa View include: Non-contrast vascular and arterial images; Breast MRI; Abdominal including the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, adrenals and pancreas; Pelvis including ovaries, bladder, sacrum and hips.
MRI is used for a variety of purposes. For example, an MRI of the heart and blood vessels looks for issues such as:
- Blocked blood vessels
- Damage caused by a heart attack
- Heart disease
- Problems with the structure of the heart
An MRI of the bones and joints looks for things like:
- Bone infections
- Damage to joints
- Disc problems in the spine
MRI can also be done to check the health of other organs, and now these types of exams are available right here in Mesquite:
Yet another benefit of advanced technology is the quality of the images themselves. The images this MRI produces far exceed the industry standard, and the radiologists who read them are impressed with their clarity and accuracy.
There are also comfort features, including a sound system so patients can choose what music to listen to or even connect to their own personal mobile device to enjoy during the exam.
Providing this advanced technology to patients in our community is part of a continuing effort to meet the health care needs of the residents and visitors in the Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley area. For more information about the services at Mesa View Regional Hospital, visit: www.MesaViewHospital.com or call (702) 346-8040.