During today’s Good Samaritan Board of Governors meeting, the Board
approved the purchase of a new MRI for Radiology Services. The existing
MRI is 11 years old and has performed beyond its expected useful life.
The total cost to replace the MRI system is $2.25 million. This price
includes the renovation of the current MRI suite and mobile MRI rental
during renovation and installation.
“The Radiology Department is very excited about the purchase of this
new machine,” said Mark Schafer, Director of Radiology. “It
will not only benefit our patients and improve their care, but the new
technology will allow staff to work more efficiently and safely.”
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses and sends magnetic and radiofrequency
waves into a patient’s body. The energy emitted by the atoms in
the magnetic field sends a signal to a highly sophisticated computer which
uses mathematical formulas to convert the signal to an image. During its
history, MRI has made continuous improvements in speed, patient comfort
and image resolution.
Today, MRI has become the primary imaging tool of providers for patient
diagnosis in stroke, spinal / musculoskeletal disease, breast cancer,
and identifying the biological and physical properties of various cancerous
tissues. As a result, Good Samaritan has experienced an 11% increase in
MRI patient volume as compared to 2020.
A competitive bid for a new MRI was conducted in September 2021 with responses
from three different vendors. Siemens provided the best, overall bid related
to technical specifications and image quality.
The advantages of the Siemens MRI will have benefits to patients at Good
Samaritan. “With the new MRI, there is expected to be a 40% reduction
in examination time, whole-body imaging without patient repositioning,
reduction of breath-hold times for abdominal imaging, and a reduction
of sound / noise by 70%,” said Schafer. The new machine will also
have the ability to provide cardiovascular imaging.