It is a one-of-a-kind MRI for area hospitals
Adena Health System has added a more advanced MRI unit to its medical facility. The Chillicothe based hospital is now the only non-government health care facility in our region with 3.0-tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The addition of the new MRI unit offers patients the opportunity for close-to-home testing that they previously had to travel to other areas of the state to receive.
Construction began in late summer for the addition of a 3.0-tesla unit, which is now located in Chillicothe at the Adena Medical Center, and a 1.5-tesla scanner in the Adena Health Pavilion. In addition to these units, a mobile MRI vehicle, equipped with a 1.5-tesla scanner has been added and is now traveling to Adena locations in Jackson, Greenfield and Waverly.
"This was a major initiative to offer patients the technology necessary to have comprehensive MRI testing without having to travel out of our region," said Dave Zanni, Director of Laboratory Services and Radiology. "The 3.0-tesla scanner is giving our patients access to more neurology and orthopaedic capabilities, and is enhancing already strong mammography services by offering the latest in breast MRI testing."
Previously, Adena Medical Center used two 1.5-tesla units, and a stationary 1.0-tesla unit which was housed at the Health System’s Jackson facility. The newer units include updated software and hardware, which provide advanced digital imaging technology that gathers multiple images simultaneously allowing the physicians to see more in only half the time. Additionally, the system’s large 70-cm opening is wide enough to accommodate individuals who have traditionally been hard to image, such as children, obese patients (up to 550 lbs), the elderly, and those who may be claustrophobic.
The new MRI equipment is in use now