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October 2016 - Closure of Extremity Scanner

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October 2016 - Closure of the Extremity Scanner

Peace Regional MRI has been proud to provide imaging services to the residents of Northern BC and Alberta for the past 6 years. Over that time hundreds of patients and physicians have benefitted from the convenience of being able to obtain expedited MRI exams of the knee, ankle, elbow and wrist, and not have to suffer the expense or time required to travel to elsewhere in the province to obtain these exams.

Due to the limitations of our extremity-only MRI unit, and our insistence on providing high quality exams, each procedure could take up to 2 hours. In addition, we were limited to examining only the aforementioned joints, yet there were many patients with other areas of concern that we could not help them with.

Thus, we made the decision to cease operation of the extremity MRI and purchase a brand-new state-of-the-art 1.5T full-body MRI. This will enable us to provide imaging of all areas of the body and allow for greater comfort for the patient as each exam can be done in approximately 30 minutes. The large space required for the new magnet and the added weight (11,728 lbs.) required us to engineer a new space for it. Moving to the Co-op mall location was ideal, with a large space available and a solid cement pad on grade to support the weight. Over the last few months we've been renovating and preparing for the new installation.

Our previous extremity magnet has found a new home with an institution that trains future MRI technologists. Of course, all the patient data was removed prior to sending the magnet away, and is stored securely on our servers. If you had imaging done with us previously, you can rest assured that both your images and reports are still kept safe with us and can be accessed should your doctor require them.

We're now looking forward to our new home in the Co-op Mall and hope to reopen by mid-December.