New and Improved MRI
A new MRI at LeConte Medical Center will soon be available, offering more image clarity and patient comfort. Installation of the new MRI will be the latest addition to a radiology department that is accredited in every advanced imaging procedure. The new magnetic resonance imaging system features technology that is built to accommodate anatomical and physiological differences in patients. The result is consistent scans for a diverse patient population and less need for rescans. LeConte CAO Aaron Burns says the new MRI system is exactly what LeConte was looking for. The system has special features that improve the quality and reproducibility of head, neck and spine imaging. Artificial intelligence and body models help adjust the patient’s positioning and deliver consistent, reproducible images. The opening on the new MRI is wider than the standard opening on a traditional machine, and special anatomy adaptive coils improve patient comfort. The high signal-to-noise ratio also makes the MRI process quieter. “The wider bore will allow us to treat more patients and will likewise create a more comfortable experience for our patients,” says Teresa Huskey, radiology manager.
New MRI Enhances LeConte’s Medical Specialties and Services
LeConte Medical Center, a 79-bed inpatient care facility and a member of Covenant Health, has been named a 2021 Top Rural Hospital and offers a full array of medical specialties and technology. These include diagnostic services, laboratory services, cardiac cath lab and imaging services such as MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and CT. The Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services provides mammograms, biopsies and bone density exams, and Thompson Cancer Survival Center-Sevier is located on the hospital’s campus for convenient cancer care. LeConte is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and the emergency department sees nearly 54,000 patients each year, making it one of the busiest in region. The orthopedic team includes surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers.