Tobey Hospital Improves MRI Access with Imaging Department Renovation

Aug 30, 2023

With renovations complete and the arrival of a state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, Southcoast Health Tobey Hospital’s imaging department will now offer MRI services adjacent to the emergency center.

Positioning the new MAGNETOM® Altea 1.5T wide bore scanner from Siemens Healthineers in this new location will substantially improve patient experience at the hospital for outpatients, inpatients, and those receiving emergency medical care.

“Renovating part of the imaging department to bring our MRI machine within the hospital and closer to patient care areas will allow us to more efficiently deliver higher quality care right here in Wareham,” said Dr. Robert Ronan, Medical Staff President and Radiology Medical Director at Tobey Hospital. “The new machine also provides faster MRI scans saving time and increasing patient comfort.”

The new space is now open for patients. 

“I want to thank everyone on the project team and in the imaging department who worked together to bring this new space to life,” said Debra A. Desmarais, Executive Director of Imaging Services at Southcoast Health. “Our current and future patients who receive MRI services here at Tobey Hospital will now be surrounded by multiple avenues of care in a space more easily accessible and within our hospital walls.”

An MRI is a painless imaging test that creates detailed pictures of any organ, bone or tissue inside the body. This type of imaging involves special magnets, radio waves and a computer, but not X-rays. MRIs are helpful in diagnosing and assessing the extent of injuries and disease. They often provide more detailed information than ordinary X-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds.

For more information about advanced radiology image services at Southcoast Radiology | Southcoast Health.