WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- IU Health Arnett in West Lafayette is welcoming a new MRI machine. Now there are three machines locally, which is going to help the hospital combat the issue of patients having to wait to get screened.
The MRI machine is a 1.5 Tesla which has an advanced technology designed to improve the way doctors diagnose patients.
"An MRI is a modality in which we use magnetism to image the body and that's very different compared to x-ray or CT, which uses ionizing radiation and ultrasound which uses sound waves," said Dr. Luke Gerges, IU Health Arnett director of the Breast Center.
The MRI machine is capable of helping diagnose disease in the body from head to toe. The machine previously located at IU Health Arnett's West Lafayette office is heading to IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello. IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette already has this updated machine.
Dr. Gerges said this will help combat the issue of local patients having to wait for MRI availability.
"Prolongation of time is very heart wrenching to the patient, it causes a lot of mental anxiety so waiting two days before you get the ball rolling is much better for the patient's mental health and anxiety levels than waiting two weeks to get the ball rolling," said Gerges.
Dr. Gerges said this new machine is also beneficial for doctors as it unifies operations across counties.
"When you have a homogenous system across all sites, you can run the same studies across all sites, we're no longer shuffling patients who may live in Monticello down to Arnett or the west side if they need a particular study done," said Gerges.
The new MRI machine will be available for patients starting on Monday, Oct. 12. The White County Hospital is set to get its machine next summer.