New MRI Drops in on VacaValley Campus

A $1.5 million, state-of-the-art, magnetic resonance imaging scanner (MRI) was delivered to the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus on Wednesday, March 29. A crane placed the magnet into a modular building located in the employee parking lot behind the hospital.

During the next month, Toshiba engineers will finish the MRI installation and train staff on the new system.

A crane drops the new MIR magnet through the roof of the modular building at VacaValley Hospital.Owned and operated by Solano Diagnostics Imaging, the new service will be open to the public in mid-May.

The new MRI — a Toshiba Vantage Titan, Open-Bore 1.5 Tesla — features quiet technology and high-definition scanning. It is also roomier for the patient.

“The Toshiba is designed with patient comfort in mind,” says Adrian Riggs, assistant vice president of Solano Diagnostics Imaging.  

The Vantage Titan’s ultra-short open bore offers up to 100 percent more clearance space above the patient. This allows patients to be scanned without having their heads inside the magnet for some tests. The MRI also performs a wider range of exams, from bariatric to breast and non-contrast imaging.