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Open House For New Imaging Suite At EPMC On March 29th


EPMC-MRI-CT-scannerBy: Kerrie Hill, EPMC

Estes Park Medical Center is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Jean Marquart Diagnostic Imaging Suite to be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m. Our Grand Opening welcomes our community and we hope you will join us. Tours will be available of the new imaging suite and refreshments will be served. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see the new suite and state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanner.

Estes Park Medical Center Foundation provided the funding for the imaging suite through the generosity of many Friends of the Foundation in our community. The suite has been named The Jean Marquart Diagnostic Imaging Suite, and is a dedication to long-time Estes Park resident Jean Marquart. Her family will be present for the official ribbon cutting.

“We are grateful to the Medical Center Foundation for their support of the new imaging suite,” said Interim CEO, Bobbi Swenson. “This equipment will allow our physicians to see inside the human body more clearly, allowing for a more clear and accurate diagnosis for physicians. Additionally, the equipment will benefit every resident of Estes Park and the surrounding areas well as the many visitors who utilize our facility. The real plus is that the equipment in this suite is comparable to any of the MRI/CT suites in the Front Range area hospitals, thus allowing patients to stay in their community for diagnostic testing.”

The new MRI machine is a Siemen Symphony Magnetom, 1.5 Tesla with 8RF channels with a total imagining matrix capable of up to 32 RF channels. The MRI is also equipped with the latest software available that reduces scan time but offers high resolution imaging. MRI technology is used to examine soft tissue in areas such as the brain spine, breast abdomen, pelvis and joints.

The CT Scanner is a Siemens Emotion Somatom 16 Slice. This is a 24 hour a day “work horse” that is four times faster than the previous scanner 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. A CT scan is sued 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.

Guests will be allowed to tour the facility with members of the EPMC imaging staff, which will explain and demonstrate the latest in imaging technology and state-of-the-art devices with the new MRI and CT Scanner.

 

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