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(November 1, 2006)—Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center patients now have a choice of High Definition MRI or Open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for their imaging needs.  Through a partnership with the owners of Pottsville Open MRI, Good Samaritan has assumed operation of the site, renaming it Good Samaritan Open MRI.   The site, which is accredited by the American College of Radiologists, is located on Route 61 South, Pottsville, in Rockwood Center.

“We are pleased to form this partnership that will allow Good Samaritan to offer Open MRI to our patients,” said Bernard G. Koval, President/CEO of Good Samaritan.  “Patients who may feel claustrophobic or who are larger than average will find Open MRI a good alternative to traditional MRI.”

Good Samaritan Open MRI compliments the hospital’s existing radiology services including High-Definition MRI, Computerized Tomography (CT Scan), Position Emission Tomography (PET Scan), interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, mammography, ultrasound, and x-ray.   

“Good Samaritan Open MRI will be linked to the main hospital through our digital Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS),” said Stephen Whitmoyer, MD, medical director of Good Samaritan’s Radiology Department.  “This means that physicians will be able to view Open MRI images on computers in their offices or in the hospital thanks to the internet.  Patients can expect the same high quality service and turn-around they currently receive from the Medical Center.” 

Patients wishing to make an appointment at Good Samaritan Open MRI.  Appointment, offered Monday through Friday, can usually be made for the same day or the following day.

MRI uses computers and magnetic fields, rather than X-rays, to capture images of the human body.  It is superior for showing soft-tissues like organs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage in addition to bone.

In December 2005, Good Samaritan acquired Schuylkill County’s only high definition magnetic resonance (HDMR) system.  High-Definition MRI allows for better image quality and faster scans than traditional MRIs.  The unit is located in the Good Samaritan Medical Mall, 700 Schuylkill Manor Road, Suite 2, Pottsville. Those needing an appointment for a High-Definition MRI.