Hospital Prepares for New MRI

Sheridan Memorial Hospital is getting ready for new equipment that's expected to enhance its level of care. Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair has the story.

Space is being prepared for new Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment at Sheridan Memorial Hospital that's expected to dramatically improve patient experience. Cody Sinclair, who's the chief development officer, explained.

Sinclair said another benefit is that the new MRI is bigger than the previous equipment.

He said that means the hospital will be able to reach another 50 or more patients a year that currently have to go somewhere else for MRI services. He said the hospital staff and administration is excited about the changes. He explained the purpose of MRI.

Sinclair said the space for the new MRI is currently under construction, and the hospital anticipates the new MRI will arrive in May, and will be ready to go soon after it gets here.

He said the new equipment will bring the hospital's radiology department into one space. He said radiology is presently divided, partly in the hospital and partly in the Medical Arts Complex. He said after installation of the new equipment, the radiology team will all be in the hospital in a location that will be more accessible to patients.

The new space will also be closer to the hospital's emergency department, the Intensive Care Unit and the operating room. And it will be close to the anesthesia dock, for the convenience of patients who need sedation.

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