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New MRI/CT Scanner Imaging Suite Construction Underway

By: Kerrie Hill, EPMC

Ground has been broken, earth work is underway and staging areas are set as work continues on the new MRI and CT Scanner Imaging Suite at Estes Park Medical Center. Contractor for the project is GH Phipps Construction, the Architect – Davis Partnership, and RLH Engineering is the Owner’s Representative.

The new imaging suite will house the new MRI – (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computerized

Tomography) equipment in the new 1,564 square foot space. The imaging suite will be located on the second level and the first level will be shelled out for future use by the medical center.

Estes Park Medical Center Foundation provided the funding for the CT scanner and digital mammography equipment in the amount of $227,500. The foundation is also assisting in raising funds for the MRI Suite with a goal of raising $500,000. “We are grateful to the medical center foundation for their support of the new imaging equipment and suite. This new equipment will allow our physicians to see inside the human body more clearly, ensuring more accurate and timely diagnosis close to home, said Robert Austin, CEO of Estes Park Medical Center. “This new equipment will benefit every resident of Estes Park and the surrounding areas as well as the many visitors who utilize our facility. The real plus is that the equipment in this new suite is comparable to any of the MRI/CT suites in the Front Range area, thus allowing patients to stay in their own community for diagnostic testing.”

The new MRI machine is a Siemen Symphony Magnetom , 1.5 Tesla with 8 RF channels with a total imaging matrix capable of up to 32 RF channels. The MRI will also be equipped with the latest software available that reduces scan time but offers higher resolution imaging. The CT machine is a Siemens Emotion Somatom 16 Slice. This is a 24 hour a day “work horse” that is 4 times faster than the current in-house CT, and will offer extremely fast post- processing time which allows for quicker turnaround time on interpretation and less patient radiation. Scan times will also be shorter and will offer higher quality images.

The suite that houses both these pieces of equipment will be state-of-the art with four safety zones, lighted ceiling images, music and monitoring systems. Patient comfort and safety are certainly key components with the new imaging suite.

MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to create a detailed image of the inside of the body. This technology is used to examine soft tissues in areas such as the brain, spine, breast, abdomen, pelvis and joints. MRI generates detailed three dimensional images of the body, greatly improving the physician’s ability to diagnose medical conditions more accurately.

Computerized (or computed) tomography, and often formerly referred to as computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, is an X-ray procedure that combines many X-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and, if needed, three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body. A CT scan is used to define normal and abnormal structures in the body and/or assist in procedures by helping to accurately guide the placement of instruments or treatments.

Estes Park Medical Center’s mission is “ to make a positive difference in the health and wellbeing of all we serve.” We also strive to impact the overall health and wellness of the community through innovative and high quality services. The imaging suite is due to be completed around February of 2013.

 

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