Crane Needed for New MRI Machine at Sutter Health

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ROSEVILLE — Sometimes bigger is better.

Sutter Health in Roseville needed a crew with a crane to pickup, then drop off a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging device, better known as an MRI from the parking lot onto a platform outside its East Roseville Parkway location in Roseville Friday morning.

At a cost of more than $2 million, the machine isn’t cheap, but it does have some better features for patients.

The borehole (where the patient goes inside) is 10 centimeters larger than the other MRI machines at Sutter Health.

That’s good news for claustrophobic patients.

“At least one once a day at our locations people complain about fitting into a tight space,” Says Dr. Charles McDonnell.

The new technology and the latest version of the machine also allows patients to stay inside of it for less time.

Mcdonnell says depending on the body part the average time inside is 45 to 60 minutes, now with the new version it’s between 30 and 45 minutes.

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