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Manuevering New Massive Medical Magnet

EUGENE, Ore. — Construction crews used an interesting maneuver at a local hospital to place some new equipment on the third floor, Tuesday.

A heavy rigging crane lowing parts of Oregon Imaging Center’s new seven ton magnetic resonance imaging MRI through the third floor roof of the Physician and Surgeons Building at 12th Avenue and Hilyard Street.

The new MRI features the strongest magnet that’s clinically available.

The MRI allows radiologists to visualize microscopic detail that can aid in the diagnosis for a wide range of medical problems while offering the patient a little more comfort.

Sometimes when people have an MRI they feel a little confined and cramped and so this will help them be more comfortable,” said Linda Hawley with Oregon Imaging Centers.

It’s expected to be operational by the end of August.

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