MRI Dilemma - Capacity Relief:

Capacity Relief:  Larger hospitals and clinics generally have at least one (1) high field MRI system in their imaging departments. Many times these single units provide enough volume capacity for the first few years of their life. However; as the population of an area grows it is not unusual for the MRI schedule to get “backed up” and for patients and physicians to be faced with ten (10) day to two (2) week delays in getting a patient in to be scanned. 

The facility then begins to think about a multi-million dollar investment for a "perceived urgent need" for an additional magnet. Mobile MRI service is sometimes overlooked as a viable answer to this situation. Mobile systems offer scheduling flexibility on an “as needed” basis. Consider that a weekend one(1) or two (2) day visit from a mobile MRI provider can greatly reduce the backlog. No additional staffing from the hospital is needed with a full service provider, and the mobile may even offer newer equipment than is currently in the fixed site diagnostic imaging department. This is a unique opportunity to “demo” the most current technology at virtually no additional cost to the facility.

The CFO / Dir. of Ancillary Services just found a way to keep administration and their physicians and patients happy without expanding the hospital/clinic's brick and mortar!