Foundation contributes to new MRI suite 12/14/2005 WILMINGTON – Visual art therapy provided by the NHRMC Foundation and New Hanover Regional's Auxiliary decorates the walls of the hospital's new MRI building.
The images create a soothing atmosphere for patients undergoing testing.
The new MRI building opened for patients July 6. It houses two of the network's four magnetic resonance imaging scanners, including a new GE Signa Infinity MRI to replace a 1986 model.
The new magnet decreases the average testing time for a patient from 45 minutes to 15 or 20, reducing exam times and stress levels for patients. It also offers improved image quality and resolution. In the fall, a function will be added to perform cardiac studies, something no other magnet in Southeastern North Carolina is able to do.
Adding to patient comfort, is the ability to show DVDs during patient testing, helping those who feel uncomfortable in the confined space to focus their attention on something entertaining. This is a feature still unavailable in many parts of the county.