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New MRI center opens on CMH campus (November 10, 2000)

A new MRI center opened this week on the campus of Calvert Memorial Hospital. The $1 million state-of-the-art scanner, a 1.5 GE Signa, can evaluate many disorders that were previously done as invasive procedures with less risk to the patient.

"We are committed to providing the most advanced medical technology and the highest quality of diagnostic care to our referring physicians and their patients," said Dr. Guillermo Zambrano of Calvert Medical Imaging Center (CMIC).

The scanner provides superior imaging of the carotid and renal arteries and is particularly effective with smaller body parts such as ears, elbows and knees.

Calvert Medical Imaging, affiliated with American Radiology Services, is located in the newly expanded Calvert Medical Office Building. (See inset) The MRI will be located on the first floor with physician suites on the upper levels of the three-story facility.

The new MRI, which replaces the mobile unit used previously, offers improved convenience and accessibility with expanded hours Monday through Saturday. The quick and easy scan can be done "same day" as scheduled in most cases.

Additionally, Calvert Medical Imaging has purchased a new Spiral CT, a high-resolution scanner capable of performing imaging in minutes, which results in increased patient comfort. Ultrasound has expanded its capabilities with two new units. These machines offer a full range of sonography studies including obstetrical, vascular and abdominal imaging.

CMIC, which operates satellites in Dunkirk and Solomons, has been bringing Calvert County the finest in diagnostic imaging since 1978. At the Prince Frederick location, they also offer bone densitometry. Now, in just a few minutes this sensitive equipment can detect osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, very early, when it's most treatable.

For information or to make an appointment, call 410-535-4111 or 301-855-1800.

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