WCA Hospital expands MRI exam hours

JAMESTOWN – In its continuing effort to provide excellent care and service, the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA Hospital has announced that it has expanded its MRI examination hours on Wednesday from 9 a.m. 7 p.m.

The later evening hours are expected to accommodate consumers’ busy schedules. Additional MRI exam hours at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA include Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. noon (later appointments on Saturday if needed).

To schedule an MRI examination, contact WCA Hospital MRI at 664-8MRI. A physician order is required.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams have become one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States, due, in large part, to its ability to provide non-invasive diagnostic images of soft tissues, bone, fat and muscles and to help in the detection and diagnosis of a variety of health conditions.

The Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA recently announced the latest in open-bore technology – the Siemens Open-Bore MAGNETOM Espree 1.5 Tesla at WCA that accommodates patients up to 550 pounds and is designed for individuals who experience claustrophobia, anxiety, and excessive pain or limited mobility. The open-bore MRI also features a 1.5 Tesla magnet which delivers the sharpest images to assist physicians in diagnosis and treatment planning.

“Our open-bore MRI enhances our capabilities to deliver the best in patient care,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “We continually find new ways to serve the needs of our community with advanced medicine and technology. Our new open-bore MRI complements our extensive range of superior diagnostic services at the Center For Imaging and reaffirms our pledge to bring the latest technology alongside highly skilled and exceptional physicians who utilize the most effective forms of treatment.”

The new open-bore design of the MAGNETOM Espree 1.5 Telsa MRI at WCA, uses the strongest magnet field strength of any other MRI technology, giving physicians access to many imaging opportunities, including neurological evaluation, orthopedic and vascular imaging. The System’s large 70-cm opening is wide enough to accommodate a diverse array of patients including individuals such as children, larger patients up to 550 pounds, the elderly, and those who experience claustrophobia and anxiety. The new system allows for the patient’s feet to go in first and the patient’s head can remain outside of the system. This means that the patient’s head can remain outside of the bore during most procedures not involving head, neck or upper spine. This helps eliminate any anxiety or claustrophobic effects.

Adding another tool for the diagnosis of breast cancer, WCA Hospital also offers Breast MRI Imaging and MRI-guided Breast Biopsy – a minimally invasive procedure in which a breast biopsy is guided by highly detailed magnetic resonance imaging. Breast MRI Imaging, when used in conjunction with conventional mammography, provides valuable information for the detection and characterization of breast disease.

The Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA provides a wide range of diagnostic imaging services including, ultrasound services, MRI imaging, breast MRI imaging, interventional radiology, PET/CT imaging, bone densitometry (DEXA) screening, mammography screening (same day results), stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, patient navigator support, and CAT Scan imaging. To learn more about WCA Hospital imaging, visit their website at www.wcahospital.org.

To schedule an appointment for an MRI or open-bore MRI examination, call 664-8MRI (8674). The MRI Suite is located at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, 207 Foote Ave. Use the yellow parking lot directly behind the hospital. Most major insurances accepted. A physician’s order is required.