In an open house last Wednesday, light refreshments were served as many members of the community were invited to also view and hear about the new suite.
The purchase, a GE 1.5 MRI scanner, is known to be one of the most powerful imaging tools and dubbed the “gold standard,” Scott Wood, Cedar City Hospital physician liaison, said.
“It is the one of the best things to happen in this hospital and really for southern Utah,” Wood said.
The scanner features a wider, shorter bore — the opening — so it feels less claustrophobic to the patient, according to a press release.
“The bore is two inches wider than it used to be,” Michael Hemmerly, PDC manufacturer, who worked on the new addition said. “It gives the patient plenty of room and the patient can now go in feet first instead of just head first and rest with their head on a pillow.”
The extended room is 35 to 40 percent more spherical volume than the previous MRI bore, Hemmerly said.
Also, glass panels adorn the suite with etched with Bryce Canyon rock images and colors that can be changed to the patient’s favorite color.
“One of the best things about all the changes here is the reduction of anxiety in the patient,” Cedar City Hospital Public Relations Manager Becki Bronson said.
With Goggles on patients are able to watch a movie, TV show and they can listen to their favorite music, or watch peaceful nature scenes like ocean waves, a mountain lake or a forest, Intermountain Healthcare’s Ancillary Services Manager Darren Day said.
"When a patient is not comfortable in the procedure what happens? They get uncomfortable and move around," Hammerly said. "These new options provide that comfort that also make the images and procedures come out better for the technician because they have a comfortable patient."