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Release Date: 06/10/2016

Memorial Hospital has taken the steps to make its 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine available to area orthopedic specialists and neurologists for scans of their patients. The machine had originally been designated for use solely by researchers.

MRI has become a preferred method of diagnosing orthopedic and neurologic problems. The machine - housed a short distance from the main Memorial campus at 555 Prospect St., Pawtucket - uses a powerful magnet and precisely programmed radio signals to “see” inside the body. It is very helpful in looking at soft tissue structures such as organs, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

“The clarity of the images produced by the 3T MRI is stunning,” says David Rowe, MD, radiology chief. “This is particularly beneficial for pathological conditions involving the brain, spine and musculoskeletal system. In addition, scan times are shorter than less powerful MRIs, which improves the patient experience without compromising the quality of the images.”

Memorial can currently perform the following MRI exams:

• Spine – C spine, T spine and L spine.

• Brain – MRI and MRA.

• Knee.

• Foot and ankle.

• Elbow.

• Wrist and hand.

Memorial’s technologists are all board certified in MRI by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the studies performed by the machine are reviewed and interpreted by radiologists who are board certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The unit is also certified by the ACR.

To make an appointment for an MRI, physicians or patients with a physician’s order can call (401) 729-2334.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.