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Health

Magnet installed for new MRI at Peru hospital

The magnet that will be the heart of the new magnetic resonance imaging system at Illinois Valley Community Hospital was lifted into place by crane Nov. 28 through the roof of the new addition recently added to the IVCH diagnostic imaging department.

Expected to be in use by the end of the year, the new unit will have the widest opening currently available in any MRI system, making it easier for larger patients to have tests and less claustrophobic for patients of all sizes.

MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body.

The system, which cost more than $1 million, was obtained with the help of a grant from the IVCH Foundation.

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