U.S. MRI DIAGNOSTIC SPORTS IMAGING IN SOUTH JORDAN BECOMES FIRST HEALTH FACILITY IN UTAH TO ACQUIRE NEW SPECIALTY
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SCANNERSouth Jordan, Utah—U.S. MRI Diagnostic Sports Imaging in South Jordan has added a new GE Optima MR430s to its medical facility at 10696 S. River Front Parkway. U.S. MRI is now the first and only medical facility in Utah to have this specialty scanner.According to U.S. MRI CEO Radd Berrett, the GE Optima MR430s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system was specifically designed to be used on extremities such as arms or legs. “GE’s new state-of-the-art system is much smaller, about the size of an ATM, and requires about one-fifth the space of a traditional full-body MRI system. Patients actually sit or recline in a padded leather chair next to the scanner. Only the targeted body part goes into the system.
As a result, patients are generally more comfortable than they would be in a full-body MRI, virtually eliminating claustrophobic conditions,” he said.Berrett added that the new system is much faster, quieter and provides the highest quality digital images currently available in the marketplace. He noted that the GE Optima system uses a 1.5 Tesla magnet. [Tesla, also abbreviated as T, measures the strength of a magnetic field—1.5T magnets are generally considered the clinical standard for the industry. Early MRI scanners that appeared in the 1970s operated at strengths of 0.6T.] “Because of its anatomy-specific design, the system is able to pinpoint with great clarity the affected regions of the body, producing crystal-clear images aiding physician diagnosis,” Berrett said.
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”U.S. MRI patients do not need to be referred by a doctor to schedule an MRI (although Berrett said that numerous physicians and physical trainers throughout the state refer patients to his office daily). Also, U.S. MRI accepts many insurance plans (Berrett suggests that potential patients call ahead to see if their plans are accepted and to see what is covered).U.S. MRI is the Official Medical Provider for the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Free Skiing Team. Its medical staff includes fellowship-trained musculoskeletal, neuro and chiropractic radiologists.For more information, visit www.us-mri.com