Published on August 25, 2020

Latest MRI Technology Now Available at Medical Center in Gratiot

Photo of the new MRI machine at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot now offers patients the latest cutting edge in MRI technology with the installation of this new Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T MRI system.

Patients in central Michigan now have access to the latest patient-friendly innovation in cutting-edge Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology. MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot recently installed the area’s only Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T MR system, only the second type of this system in the state.

The new MRI delivers an exceptional patient experience, the highest quality imaging and can perform a MRI up to 50 percent faster. In addition, the MRI suite offers the Abmient system which is an inviting audio-visual experience to calm patients and guide them through the exam.

The Abmient system gives the patient a personalizes experience by giving them a selection of colorful video images to watch combined with soothing audio to create a truly immersive experience during their MRI. Clear patient instructions are provided by the AutoVoice component of the system, which coaches the patient through their examination while scanner noise is reduced through the ComforTone scan techniques portion of the system. The MRI experience from a patient’s point of view has been completely reinvented and the Medical Center is the only one in the state to offer these comforting patient experience features.

“MRI provides exceptional diagnostic and therapy guidance capabilities,” said Jeffery Morrill, D.O., a radiologist at MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant. “We are excited about the new diagnostic capabilities of the system that are now available to our patients. With the availability of Compressed SENSE we can offer leaner examination protocols that are not only faster but also deliver better images.”

MRI is one of the most advanced methods of diagnostic examinations available today. It does not use X-rays or radiation. Instead, a MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce high quality images of the inside of your body. Powerful computers reassemble the MRI signal into a set of pictures that will be reviewed by a physician. MRI is commonly used to view the brain, spinal cord, bone and joints, as well as other body parts.

“We are very proud to be the second in the entire State of Michigan to offer this re-imagined and cutting edge MRI technology for our patients,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare, Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant. “Bringing this technology to our community ensures our patients have the best possible experience and our providers and staff have access to the best imaging equipment available.

Those who would like more information may visit midmichigan.org/mri or to schedule an appointment may call (989) 633-5252.