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SageWest gets MRI boost

Jul 14, 2016 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The SageWest Health Care hospital in Riverton has a new magnetic resonance imaging machine, which will operate within the hospital's new radiology department, a 2,000 square-foot addition now under construction. The entire venture, including both construction and the machine itself, cost more than $3 million.

Michael Puttkammer, director of imaging services described the new machine as "the best in terms of diagnostic imaging." It has a 1.5 Tesla gauge magnetic field and a wider opening, which Puttkammer said is great for patients with claustrophobia. Scans can cost around $2200 and the hospital provides about four per day. The new machine started calibrating July 8, and will be ready for patients in August.

The old machine, which SageWest leased from Fremont Radiology, has been moved to Fremont Radiology's office on Main Street in Riverton. Fremont Radiology will continue to provide radiology services for SageWest, but now the hospital will get revenue from MRIs.

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SageWest imaging services director Michael Puttkammer demonstrated the wider opening of the hospital's new MRI machine. Photo by Andee Novotny

SageWest imaging services director Michael Puttkammer demonstrated the wider opening of the hospital's new MRI machine. Photo by Andee Novotny


SageWest imaging services director Michael Puttkammer demonstrated the wider opening of the hospital's new MRI machine. Photo by Andee Novotny

SageWest imaging services director Michael Puttkammer demonstrated the wider opening of the hospital's new MRI machine. Photo by Andee Novotny

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