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  • LRHS Imaging Center upgrades MRI technology

  • Lake Regional Imaging Center in Osage Beach recently installed an open bore MRI system to improve patient comfort and image quality.
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  • Lake Regional Imaging Center in Osage Beach recently installed an open bore MRI system to improve patient comfort and image quality.
     The new, open design accommodates patients of all ages and sizes, including seniors, children and large patients. It also reduces feelings of anxiety and claustrophobia. For many exams, the patient’s feet go in first and their head remains outside the system, something that hasn’t been possible in open MRI systems before. That feature means that 60 percent of examinations can be performed with the patient’s head outside the chamber.
     “Not only is the open bore MRI more comfortable, it also produces higher quality images on par with those of conventional, state-of-the art MRIs,” said Lake Regional Radiologist Michael Vierra, M.D. “And, the images are acquired faster, which greatly benefits the patient.”
     Magnetic resonance imaging is a method of looking inside the body. Instead of X-rays, the MRI scanner uses magnetism and radio waves to produce remarkably clear pictures. An MRI scanner consists of a strong magnet with a radio transmitter and receiver. These instruments gather the information out of the body and produce soft-tissue and bone images.
     This technology is commonly used in the diagnosis of cancer, bone and joint disorders, heart and vascular disorders, and other diseases, such as neurological and gastrointestinal disorders.
     “All patients deserve the same access to innovative medical imaging technology used for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Vierra. “This is new, patient-friendly design works well for larger patients and those who experience claustrophobia, but also provides the best possible exams for all patients.”
     Lake Regional Imaging Center is a state-of-the-art outpatient imaging facility adjacent to the Osage Beach Medical Park on Nichols Road. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All tests are performed based on a referring physician's orders and are promptly read by a board-certified radiologist upon completion of the exam. The results are then communicated to the referring physician to share with the patient. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 573-348-6161.

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