Special to Reflector-Chronicle
The magnet for the new MRI machine at Memorial Hospital was delivered last Monday. The magnet weighs five tons, and made it through an opening on the south side of the new hospital building with a quarter inch of vertical space to spare.
Memorial Hospital Radiology and Imaging Services Director Jim Barten watched as the magnet was brought into the new facility. Barten says he’s enthusiastic about Memorial Hospital now being able to offer MRI services on site Monday through Friday, instead of two half days a week with the mobile MRI service Memorial Hospital currently uses.
“There will be more scheduling openings, and more time to work with each patient. There are some patients that have trouble lying still because of claustrophobia or pain, and sometimes it takes more time to get the MRI because of that. Having the MRI on site gives our patients and staff more flexibility.”
Memorial Hospital MRI Technologist Jarrod Haselhorst says the new MRI will eliminate the need for people to travel out of town to receive an MRI, saving them time and money.
“The more services our hospital can offer our patients locally, the better it is for both patients and the hospital,” Haselhorst said. “This gives Abilene the advantage of offering a big-city service in a family atmosphere.”
Haselhorst has 10 years of experience providing radiology and imaging services, and has more than 5 years of experience as an MRI Technologist. He says that one of his fellow radiologic techs at Memorial Hospital, Chelsea Finke, is training to be an MRI Technologist, and another, Noel Schultze, will be cross training in the future.
Anyone who is interested in viewing more photos or information about Memorial Hospital’s building project is encouraged to view the building project’s blog at www.buildingahospital.com, or Memorial Health System’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/caringforyou.