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UPMC Western Maryland Debuts New MRI Machine, Increases Patient Access


UPMC Western Maryland and Allegany Imaging recently invested more than $2 million in a state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, allowing for a faster, more comfortable and comprehensive patient experience that can be provided closer to home.

MRI is a noninvasive, painless medical test that can help diagnose internal injuries or conditions, determine if current medicines or treatments are working properly and discover tumors, blood vessel diseases or internal bleeding and infections.

The new unit is the second MRI machine in use at UPMC Western Maryland. It provides a shorter examination time and runs on top-of-the-line software that allows for enhanced scanning of areas like the spine, abdomen and pelvis, as well as enhanced orthopedic and neurological scans.

Along with the convenience of having two machines, reducing the scan time allows for more scans to be completed in a day, ultimately increasing access for patients. Additionally, the option of feet first imaging assists with reducing patient claustrophobia, and total digital imaging decreases noise. The new machine also will reduce typical helium usage by 70% over its lifetime, making the equipment more eco-friendly than previous models.

“We have always strived to have the best available technology for our community, and we’ve taken another leap forward with this new machine,” said Dr. Stanley Lambert, a radiologist with Allegany Imaging. “It is producing more beautiful images than ever, at a speed that is faster than ever, and that means improved patient care and a better experience.”

Funding for the MRI purchase and installation was made through Haystack Imaging Services, LLC, a joint venture between UPMC Western Maryland and Allegany Imaging, created to provide access to capital for imaging technology, and a strategic partnership to ensure local access to high-quality imaging services.

“UPMC Western Maryland has partnered with Allegany Imaging for the last two decades to bring the highest quality imaging services to patients in our region,” said Michele Martz, president, UPMC Western Maryland. “This latest investment will allow our patients to have a top MRI experience and help us deliver lifesaving medicine close to home.”

Patients seeking more information or an appointment should coordinate with their primary care provider.