Centerpoint Medical Center
September 14, 2010

Centerpoint Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, will soon be home to a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)  system to assist physicians in diagnosing a wide range of injuries and conditions and prescribing the right treatment to expedite recovery.

Centerpoint recently received approval for its certificate of need from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee to install a 3-tesla 3t MRI system from GE Healthcare. This system, which is more powerful than previous generation MRI systems, uses the latest high definition HD technology to produce superb, high-resolution images. Centerpoint will be the only hospital in eastern Jackson County to have a 3t MRI. Construction of the building addition to house the new 3t MRI will begin this fall, and the new MRI is expected to begin operating in early 2011.

The hospital will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new MRI at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, on the lawn adjacent to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

“We are pleased to be the first in our area to offer this latest in MRI technology and to provide the highest quality diagnostic power to our patients and their doctors,” says Carolyn Caldwell, Centerpoint CEO. “This technology will help us make the right treatment decisions and help patients get well as quickly as possible.”

Magnetic resonance imaging uses radio waves and a strong magnet field rather than XFrays to produce very detailed, crossFsectional images of the body. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible using other imaging methods.