New MRI Coming to Heywood
May 18, 2011
New MRI Coming to Heywood Hospital
Construction on a new building to house a state-of-the-art MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) began on Sunday, May 15, according to David Woodford, Director of Imaging and Cardiopulmonary Services at Heywood Hospital. The building will be located where the MRI mobile truck parks in the South Entrance Parking Lot, and will connect to the Radiology Department. The capital funding for the new MRI and building are being provided by the Hospital's partner in the project, Alliance Imaging. MRI services are offered at Heywood as a joint venture with Alliance Imaging.
MRI scans are used to help diagnose multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, torn ligaments, tendonitis, cancer and strokes, to name just a few. An MRI scan is the best way to see inside the human body without surgery.
Transitioning from a mobile MRI (which is ten years old) to a brand new state of the art fixed MRI will benefit patients in several ways, according to Woodford. "Obviously having access to the newest technology is a big plus and will enhance our diagnostic capabilities. This new area will also improve patient convenience and comfort. We won't have to lift patients up into a mobile truck, which is awkward and uncomfortable for patients and staff alike," he said.
The project includes renovating space for the MRI reception and waiting areas, adding patient changing rooms and installing a new MRI computer room as well as the new Toshiba Titan MRI machine.
During the expected 6-month construction period, the MRI mobile truck will be relocated to the area where the PET/CT truck normally parks. PET/CT will not be offered onsite at the Hospital during the construction period and some parking in the former ED lot will be lost as well. The traffic flow in the former ED lot will also change, and the MART bus will pick up and drop off passengers at the Main Entrance instead of the South Entrance during the construction.
The former ED Waiting area will serve as a reception and waiting area for MRI patients in this interim period.
For more information about MRI services at Heywood Hospital or the construction project, contact David Woodford at (978) 630-6444.