and Cheryl Rawlings, Imaging Manager
In the MRI suite at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah, Ga., the numbers add up to a quantifiable success story. Monthly scan counts are up by as many as 150 per month. Business has increased 16.5 percent over the previous year. And back-outs—instances where fearful patients decline to go through with a scan— have plummeted from as many as two per day to just two over the past six months.
What accounts for the sterling performance? Imaging manager Cheryl Rawlings and registered CT/MR technologist Jonathan Nelson answer by pointing to the confluence of three key contributing factors: the entire imaging team’s unfailing dedication to genuinely compassionate patient care, MR technologists’ beefed-up technical skill sets and, most dramatically, the April 2016 replacement of a legacy MR system with Echelon Oval.
The latter is Hitachi’s large-bore scanner that delivers crisp whole-body images and state-of-the-art clinical capabilities at 1.5T. The system incorporates workflow features to streamline all relevant tasks and processes, from patient prep to acquisition planning and from image acquisition to post-processing.