Some new accessories for the hospital's MRI machine will certainly
make a difference in comfort for local patients.
The Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees approved a "musculoskeletal
flex coil package" for the imaging unit at its July 29 meeting.
The $23,000 purchase is expected to draw another 87 studies a year to the
Radiology Department, and potentially create a new revenue stream.
But HGH Administrative Director Pam Wickkiser said more importantly, the
new package will dramatically increase the comfort of patients who need
to image knees, hands, shoulders, elbows, forearms, femurs and other small
"Without this new equipment," said Wickkiser, "there's
just no easy way to image those parts; it's a very uncomfortable process."
Wickkiser said in the past, patients have had to place their arm over their
head in an awkward position for 30 minutes.
"Many patients cannot stay in that position for 30 minutes,"
said Wickkiser, "so this is going to be a lot easier and more comfortable
With the new equipment, technologists simply wrap the coils around the
body part to be imaged, while a patient lies comfortably on his or her
back for the duration of the exam.
Technologists can even wrap two of the coils together to image larger areas.
"We're excited about this new technology," said Wickkiser.
"We promised our community we would continue to pursue the latest
advancements in diagnostic imaging, and we have certainly tried to stay
true to that pledge."
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Humboldt General
Hospital's Radiology Department, please call (775) 623-1131.