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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


MRI Capacity Doubled

August 15, 2016

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CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. - On Monday, August 15, 2016 many drivers traveling on tunnel road may have noticed a huge crane beside the entrance to the Charles George VA’s Emergency Department. The crane was there to install a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine doubling the MRI imaging capacity at the medical center.

Due to the new MRI’s large size workers were unable to fit the machine through existing doorways so an access area was created through the roof of the medical center and a 400 ton crane was used to carefully set the MRI machine in place.

While doubling the number of scans the facility is able to perform the new MRI machine is larger and will work better for patients who might be claustrophobic or larger than allowed by the existing MRI machine. In the past patients who were claustrophobic often had to have imaging done in the community.

“We are really excited to get the new MRI installed. It’s nice to be able to have a greater in house capability, allowing us to get patients the scans they need in less time.” said Imaging Service Chief Keith Kohatsu.

The new MRI machine is expected to be online sometime in mid-September.