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Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Adds Latest MRI Technology
Mt. Sterling, Ky. (June 29, 2015)— Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health, has added a new, top-of-the-line magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system for diagnostic imaging.
MRI is an extremely accurate imaging technology that uses magnetic energy and radiofrequency waves to produce images that help radiologists to better diagnose disease and injuries.
The new equipment at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling offers many benefits to patients. The tunnel is wider and more open and, in many cases, the patients head will never be inside, which will help to reduce the effects of claustrophobia. In addition to a wider tunnel, it has a weight limit of up to 550 lbs., plus the latest in silent technology that will significantly reduce the noise that patients hear.
Another advantage is that the system is very fast, which means patients are on the table for a shorter period of time. In-turn, this will decrease patient wait-times for appointments to as little as two days.
For physicians, the new MRI has advanced software that will improve image quality and help the radiologists' to better diagnose the spread of cancer or the extent of an injury. It will also help to eliminate interference that is caused by joint replacement hardware, which means that patients with hip or knee replacements will now have a better MRI study.
The new equipment will also allow for a number of new tests including:
• Small Bowel Enterography, which is an excellent way to evaluate the small intestine.
• Cholangiopancreatography, which is a non invasive imaging procedure to evaluate the ducts of the gallbladder and pancreas.
• High-resolution 3D angiography to look at arteries and veins inside the brain and other organs, without the use of IV contrast.
“Without a doubt, this MRI will be the best available in the area; we are fortunate and excited to have such technology so close to home for our patients,” said Tim Damron, medical imaging director, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “The diagnostic capabilities provided by this technology will greatly benefit physicians and their patients.”
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KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.