PEARSALL, TEXAS…February 18, 2020 – Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall recently added a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and is accepting outpatient appointments for MRI exams in addition to providing diagnostic scanning for hospital inpatients. In partnership with Advanced Imaging Management, LLC of League City, Texas, the hospital will provide these services weekly Monday through Friday during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"The addition of MRI services is part of our Frio Regional Hospital commitment to serving Pearsall residents as well as residents in Frio and surrounding counties," said John Hughson, CEO at Frio Regional Hospital.
Dr. Frank Ferraro, Chief Medical Officer for Aris radiology and the 20 radiologists on staff at Frio Regional Hospital are excited about the opportunity to partner with the medical staff to ensure the best possible sub specialty interpretations of these MRI exams to optimize and improve patient care and safety. "MRI provides a comfortable, safe, non-invasive way to best visualize the soft tissues and bony structure and joints as well as the brain and spine for underlying disease without any radiation," said Dr. Ferraro. "This allows us the best way to coordinate care with the referring local doctors to ensure the highest quality care available today to our patients locally."
The MRI delivers both remarkable image quality and high productivity in a patient-friendly setting. With patient comfort in mind, the large 60-centimeter bore and 440-pound weight limit provide a comfortable patient care environment. The 1.5 Tesla field strength and advanced 16 channel gradient system provide fast exam times and excellent high-resolution images.
The MRI services are provided in a uniquely built mobile unit. The 400-square-foot unit contains the MRI system, a control room, a computer room, and a dressing area. The MRI does not use any radiation and is completely safe for patients that do not have metal or electrical devices in their body.
MRI diagnostic scanning uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI gives more detailed information about structures in the body than can be seen with an X-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan. Doctors may order MRI scans to help diagnose multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, torn ligaments, tendonitis, cancer and strokes, for example.
MRI exams must be ordered by a physician. Patients with a prescription for MRI from their personal physician may schedule an MRI outpatient appointment by calling 830-334-3617 OPT. 121. For more information on Frio Regional Hospital's MRI services in Pearsall, please contact Noel Perez, Radiology Administrative Director, 830-334-3617, ext. 7, or www.FrioRegionalHospital.com.