Carthage Hospital Welcomes State-Of-The-Art MRI System

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Carthage Area Hospital is now home to the north country's first digital broadband MRI system.

The Philips 1.5T Ingenia, said to be rated the best in the country, will arrive this fall.

Until then, a mobile version of the MRI scanner is temporarily parked outside the hospital.

The mobile unit will leave after the permanent system arrives,.

Hospital officials say the new MRI provides state-of-the-art imaging that's equal to that available at a major medical center.

"It cuts testing time in half. It's quick, efficient and the images are just phenomenal for the hospital. We're very excited to have this on site," said Laura Cook, hospital project manager.

Cook says better images will lead to more accurate diagnoses, which both the mobile and permanent system will offer.

Work on the permanent MRI inside the hospital is expected to be finished by the end of October.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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