ROCHELLE – State-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will be available at Rochelle Community Hospital (RCH) with the delivery of a new Toshiba 1.5T Vantage Titan unit.
“The new MRI will offer our patients access to MRI services five days a week with a scheduled appointment and 24/7 for emergencies,” Joy Miller, RCH Radiology Manager, said. “With this addition, our radiology department now has the most up-to-date equipment in the region.”
A crane lowered the 10,000-pound magnet into a room designated for a future MRI during the hospital’s capital campaign in 2004-2005. Currently, RCH is using a portable MRI a few days a week through an agreement with OSF Healthcare. The room was built with a skylight which was removed to lower the magnet into its new home. The skylight brings unique natural light into the room which should also add to the comfortable environment for patients.
The Vantage Titan is built for patient comfort with a large 71-centimeter opening, offering more space for patients inside the machine. In addition, MR acoustic noise is limited by using Toshiba’s patented Pianissimi technology, which creates a better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia. The outstanding image quality and largest available field of view also help to provide the highest level of patient care and diagnostic capability in an MRI.
“To see this dream become a reality is such a plus for our patients,” Mark J. Batty, RCH Chief Executive Officer, stated. “Our partnership with Midwest Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) made this upgraded service available. Patients, physicians and specialists will all benefit from the increased availability of MRI services at RCH.”
Additional testing, setup and training will be taking place before the new MRI is available for patient diagnostics in early June.