Middle Park Medical Center getting new MRI machine
You will soon be driving up to Middle Park Medical Center’s (MPMC) Granby facility and no longer be greeted by a big semi-trailer that once housed the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
That’s because on Sept. 7, MPMC will have installed a newer machine that will provide more services and ultimately, better care.
“The difference between these two machines is incredible,” said David Ross, CEO. “Not only will this offer our community better imaging services and options, it will allow for future upgrades and reduced costs.”
The new scanner will enable MPMC to keep exam prices lower as well.
“MRI’s can be a huge personal health care expense, but it is sometimes the only imaging exam that can identify disease processes,” said Trampas Hutches, COO/CIO. “We are pleased to keep the average MRI exam price at about $1,500 per exam, while our competitors in the north-central mountain region charge, on average, between $1,600 and $4,200.”
Patients will have access to the new MRI services starting on Sept. 7. There will be scheduled downtime to allow for the switch from Aug. 31 – Sept. 4. In the event that a patient will need an MRI during that time and cannot wait until Sept. 7, MPMC will assist them in finding an option.
New services that were not available with the previous machine include the ability to scan abdomens (livers, pancreas, spleens), thoraxes (lung nodules, black blood heart imaging, chest wall), angiography (a few examples are arteries, veins, and the heart chambers), and combative brain imaging software on patients who are unable to remain motionless. Previous scans of this nature were sent to Centura Health facilities in Denver.
This newer model will be a permanent fixture where the current semi-trailer sits and will match the exterior of the facility. It has the ability to change out magnets in future years to allow for upgrades without purchasing a new machine, providing uninterrupted service down the road.
This switch will also allow MPMC to save money compared to the current machine, while offering more services to the residents of Grand, Jackson, and Northern Summit counties.
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