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J.C. Blair MRI Certified Technologists Elaine Homan and Holly Rhodes completed intense training on the specific 1.5 Tesla high field magnet and developed all the necessary safety protocols for J.C. Blairís newly accredited MRI system.

J.C. Blair MRI Certified Technologists Elaine Homan and Holly Rhodes completed intense training on the specific 1.5 Tesla high field magnet and developed all the necessary safety protocols for J.C. Blairís newly accredited MRI system.

J.C. Blairís MRI Accredited

The American College of Radiology (ACR) awarded the new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) program at J.C. Blair a 3-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey.

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACRís Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

ďAfter opening the new MRI suite, our goal was to be accredited within a year; we did it in six months,Ē explained Larry Garman Director of Imaging. The new MRI suite replaced the MRI trailer that was stationed just outside the Radiology Department. The new GE HDe MRI system features a 1.5 Tesla high field magnet with a wider flared opening for greater patient comfort. The updated software allows for stronger gradients which showcase more detailed, quality MRI images. The new additions laid the groundwork for the MRI accreditation.

The Hospitalís MRI program includes dedicated MRI certified technologists, Holly Rhodes and Elaine Homan. Both experienced intense training on the specific 1.5 Tesla high field magnet and developed all the necessary safety protocols. In addition, J.C. Blairís Chief of Radiology Dr. Maria Pettinger completed 40 hours of training on the new MRI system.

MRI is an advanced, non-invasive test that produces images of the body without the use of x-rays. A powerful but harmless, magnetic field and radio waves obtain detailed images of bone, soft tissue, organs, and most other internal body structures. Because the images of MRI are so detailed, they allow physicians to better evaluate many parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be adequately evaluated with other imaging techniques.

To schedule a MRI at J.C. Blair, contact the Radiology Department at 643-8624.