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Advanced MRI offers better images in shorter time



A new MRI at Baptist Health Paducah provides diagnostic accuracy in less time for better patient care.

“The MRI is so precise, we are able to clearly detect and define small tumors, tiny tissue tears and intricate blood vessels better than ever before,” said Baptist Health radiologist Bradley Williams, M.D. “As a result, Baptist physicians can make more precise diagnoses and conduct better pre-surgical planning, resulting in better care for our patients.” 

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) has been in wide use since the 1990s, offering a non-invasive view of the inside of the body with better images than X-ray of tissues and organs.

Diagnostic imaging director Bob Seely said the new unit replaces one of two MRIs in the hospital; two additional MRIs are in the freestanding imaging center adjacent to the hospital. Both locations now offer open MRIs for claustrophobic patients.

The new unit is designed with a 70-centimeter opening for patients of varying size, age and physical condition—something that was a challenge with the previous MRI.  Seely said it is:

  • Accurate. Clearer, better images help doctors diagnose medical conditions correctly, pinpointing any potential problems and reducing the number of repeat exams.
  • Fast. Faster scan times for routine and complex exams are more convenient.
  • Comfortable. Its wide opening means patients feel less confined. In fact, for most scans, the patient’s head is not inside the unit.

“When physicians refer patients to Baptist Health Paducah for an MRI, they can do so with confidence,” Seely said.