MASON CITY, IA – Mercy Medical Center North Iowa is adding a new piece of medical equipment that aims to make patients more comfortable, and it also happens to be state-of-the-art.
A new extremity MRI was installed at Mercy’s Forest Park Clinic in Mason City.
The scanner is the most advanced of its kind available and is a one-of-it’s kind in the state.
Mercy’s staff says the main goal is to keep patients as comfortable as possible.
“In order to do an elbow or a wrist the patient had to be in a position like superman, which is kind of like this which is very uncomfortable to hold for an hour, now the patient can kind of be in this position which is much more comfortable,” says Dr. Robert Berg a Radiologist at Mercy North Iowa.
Dr. Berg says patient comfort is important when it comes to getting a clear picture. The open design of the scanner means claustrophobia is no longer an issue.
“No part of them is in the magnet except for the arm or leg getting scanned so it’s a little opening that they just slip into and the rest of them is not enclosed at all so for claustrophobia it’s really nice.”
The scanner is already up and running, and patients were able to get scanned today.