Featured in HealthTechZone.com, December 2014.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations have been an important diagnostic tool since the first commercial MRI became available in 1981. ,
Unlike X-rays and CT scans, which are good at imaging bones and other dense objects in the body, MRIs can create detailed images of soft tissues like the brain, heart, spinal cord, breasts and ligaments. Add this to the fact that MRIs do not emit radiation and it is no wonder that an estimated 33.8 million MRI exams were performed in the United States in 2013. 
With a steady increase of performed procedures, increased machine technology, and conforming to safety regulations, hospitals and imaging centers face numerous challenges when it is time to replace a machine. Knowing this, you give your old MRI machine a once-over for specs and manufacturer’s name, call them up and replace your old machine with a newer model. Problem solved! Right?
There are a variety of considerations that should be discussed when replacing MRI machines and updating the suites. Safety regulations, magnet type/quantity, and rigging (in and out) of machines are a few items Array addresses in this Top 8 List of considerations to guide healthcare organizations through successful MRI suite redesigns.