November 27, 2007
LACC ADDS MRI TO ITS DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES
HOHENWALD, Tenn.—The Lewis Ambulatory Care Center has added magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to its array of diagnostic services. According to Dr. Dustin Flowers, LACC director, this new mobile unit with a 1.5 tesla short-bore magnet can complete studies more quickly than MRIs with lower strength magnets.
“This is the latest advancement in our efforts to provide state-of-the art diagnostic capabilities for the physicians and patients in Lewis and surrounding counties,” said Flowers. “With the recent additions of a new ultrasound system last month and this new MRI, we can now provide more comprehensive diagnostic imaging services close to home.”
MRI is a non-invasive test that uses a powerful magnetic field combined with radio waves to stimulate the body’s water molecules. These stimulated molecules release signals that produce cross-sectional images similar to pictures of slices through the body. A special computer analyzes this information and creates an image of the tissue or bone on a video screen. These images assist physicians in obtaining a quick diagnosis for a variety of conditions including orthopedic injuries of the joints, neck and spine, as well as abdominal illnesses and neurological (brain) conditions.
MRI studies will be conducted with a physician’s order at LACC on Mondays. For more information or to make an appointment, call LACC’s Radiology Department at 931.796.6222.