Mobile MRI machines offer high tech medical treatment close to home

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATED: In April of last year, Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Inc. acquired 2 new mobile MRI machines. Since then, the machines have toured the Upper Peninsula making stops at 7 U.P. hospitals.

The machines offer detailed MRI scans to U.P. residents close to home. Usually used in conjunction with X-ray and CT scans, MRIs offer a complete picture of the inside of a patient’s body. Doctors use these scans to accurately diagnose and treat patient’s medical needs.

“I think if they come and just try it, give it a try with the new technology that we have,” said Chelsea Perry, MRI Technologist. “The exams are a lot faster, they're a lot quieter, and we try to make it as comfortable as possible. Usually when patients leave here, they leave with a smile on their face. That wasn't the case before.”

The Mobile MRI machines make stops at UPHS Bell in Ishpeming, Aspirus of Iron River, Aspirus Ironwood, Aspirus Keweenaw, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, and Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions (UPHCS) acts as the Central Service Coordinator for mobile MRI host site members, facilitating the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Certificate of Need (CON) for the Health Service Area. UPHCS also facilitates the equipment and service contracts with the MRI service provider on the network’s behalf.

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