DELTA, Colo. (KKCO) -- Doctors in rural Colorado can now perform a wider range of tests on patients in a less claustrophobic environment, thanks to a brand new MRI.
Delta County Memorial Hospital workers had to use a crane to install the $1.2 million MRI into the remodeled radiology department this week.
Manager of Radiology Jeff Richmond says the newer system will allow them to scan areas that the old MRI wouldn't reach, and the quality of the images will be improved.
Some patients may also be happy for the upgrade: the machine's "wide bore" style means that it's shorter and wide, so claustrophobic patients shouldn't have that tunnel sensation as badly.
The larger size will accommodate patients up to 450 pounds, and motion suppressing software should adjust patient's motion during imaging, according to Richmond.
Officials say the MRI will "go live" on June 3, and for first week, they will run test imaging studies.