WCA Hospital

MRI Center
The Image of Quality

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is part of a relatively new breed of imaging techniques or scanners that enables medical professionals to see deep within the human body in a noninvasive way, that is, without entering the body or breaking the skin.

The system consists of a series of powerful electromagnets in the shape of a large tube, which surrounds the patient, enveloping him or her in a powerful magnetic field.

The system enables medical professionals to see inside the body by making use of the body's natural chemistry. Since the body contains abundant amounts of hydrogen, an element that has prominent magnetic qualities, the scanner is able to excite the protons of the hydrogen atoms in such a way that they transmit faint radio signals. The signals are then read by a computer and converted into a very detailed image.

The advantage of MRI over past imaging techniques is that by using magnetism instead of X-rays, MRI avoids exposing patients to ionizing radiation.

WCA Delivers Superior MRI Services in a Winning Environment

The new MRI Center houses a fixed MRI Scanner designed by General Electric offering impressive image quality and fast scan times utilizing state-of-the-art high-field 1.5 Tesla technology. The technology was created to enhance patient comfort with a maximum feeling of openness and ultra-fast imaging capabilities. The flared aperture (opening) enables patients to see outside the MRI system during the exam. Shorter scan times can help reduce patient anxiety, especially with children.

WCA recognizes that our patients are the most important part of our new service, so we make every effort to provide a premium service in a comfortable, patient-centered environment. From entrance way to the scanning room, earth-tone colors and fabrics reflect a scheme that is inviting, warm and charming. By providing unique touches such as natural lighting and decorative ceiling effects in the scan room, the new Center makes the patient's scan time as homelike as possible without comprising image quality.

The courteous MRI Receptionist and nursing staff are totally responsive to patients' needs. The extended evening and Saturday hours of operation help meet patients' busy personal schedules. It's the extra-personalized touch patients receive once they enter the waiting area that truly makes the Center a recommended provider of diagnostic imaging.

Take a stroll through our new MRI Center and feel the elegance first-hand.

Getting to the MRI Center
The MRI Center is located at 17 Sherman Street, Jamestown, NY. (See maps for general directions.)

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For additional information about the new MRI Center, please call WCA at 716-664-8MRI.

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