It has been a long time coming for Lake Health District’s (LHD) brand new MRI to be set in place and usable for the Lake County patients. The
machine is expected to be fully operational as of Aug. 4. having been magnetized and finished with testing last week.
The new MRI, which stands for magnetic resonance imaging, is a wide bore machine that is 70 centimeters and has a weight capacity of up to 500 pounds. The greater breadth of space will assist patients to feel more at ease while being treated. “It will definitely better accommodate Lake County’s population,” Gary Arntz, LHD’s radiology department manager, said.
This week, application experts of this specific MRI will be loading protocols into the machine and training LHD’s radiology technicians on how to fully use the equipment.
Before this installment, a mobile service out of Idaho visited LHD six times per month for Lake County patients. Arntz stressed that since having the mobile machine, it has increased the amount of patients admitted and treated. Yet the smaller and narrower machine caused some patients to be less comfortable and more claustrophobic than full, in-house designs.
The machine will help serve the doctors to treat patients who have head and neck injuries using magnetism, not radiation like X-ray based devices use.
LHD’s budget for the project was $1.55 million.