MARQUETTE — Since most of the new UP Health System — Marquette hospital has been constructed, the next phase is installing the medical equipment. On Aug. 21, two GE 1.5 Tesla wide-bore MRIs were installed in the new facility.
“We need two MRIs to keep up with high patient volume,” said Rochelle Milano, UPHS — Marquette MRI Supervisor and Safety Officer. “As the only Level II trauma center, we accommodate patients across the U.P.”
Rochelle has been employed at UPHS — Marquette for 29 years, first as an MRI Technologist and then 20 years as the Supervisor/Safety Officer.
Similar to the two MRIs in the current hospital, the new ones will be accredited by the American College of Radiology while the technologists are also MRI registered. The updated MRI machines will provide UPHS with technological upgrades; scan times will be shorter and the machines will be quieter, more unique procedures can be utilized, comfortability for patients will see a marked improvement and higher quality images will be produced.
UPHS — Marquette provides MRI coverage with two techs for the morning shift, and another two for the afternoon shift Monday through Friday. With availability open for urgent exams after hours and weekends on call, the department features 24-7 access. The department does light sedation all the way to general anesthesia — the only site in the UP to offer it, along with biopsies and other scans.
“If you name it, we do it,” Rochelle said.
The MRI machines were delivered to the facility on a flatbed truck. From there, they were lifted off and brought in from an opening from the side wall. The machines had to be brought in through an open space since they come pre-assembled. After they are installed, the wall will be filled in.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves and a computer to make detailed pictures or images inside your body; an MRI doesn’t use radiation. These machines take many images to build accurate 2-D or even 3-D images of the tissues in a body. They are often used for diagnosing or for monitoring disease.