Rhode Island Medical Imaging
installs new 4-ton MRI scanner

RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL IMAGING / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL IMAGING
RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL IMAGING installed a new 4-ton MRI machine at its East Greenwich office on South County Trail July 11. The install required removing the side of the building and placing the machine inside using a crane. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL IMAGING

EAST GREENWICH – Rhode Island Medical Imaging’s new state-of-the-art, 4-ton Siemens Aera MRI machine was installed by crane July 11 after a crew removed the side of the building.

The new MRI machine was delivered by O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging Co. of Natick, Mass., on two heavy-duty trucks and installed by a large crane by Imperatore Corp., of Cranston. To make the install, RIMI had to remove a section of the side of the building, lift the MRI machine off the truck with the crane and position it inside the building, said Dana Nolfe, chief marketing officer at Rhode Island Medical Imaging.

The machine is a wide-bore MRI with a 70-centimeter opening – typical machines are just 60 centimeters – and this means that a patient will have more room when getting tested.

The new machine is expected to reduce patient exam times by up to 20 percent and provide high-quality results along with faster turnaround times by referring physicians. The RIMI location will now have two MRIs to meet patient demand.

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Rob Borkowski is a PBN contributing writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.