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NorthBay gets special MRI scanner thanks to grant

By From page B8 | April 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The NorthBay Medical Center now has a specialized, metal-free ventilator to aid trauma patients in need of an MRI thanks to a grant from the Solano Community Foundation’s Leslie Anderson and Virginia May Anderson Fund and the NorthBay Guild Golf & Tennis Classic.

The MRI is a key diagnostic tool used to help physicians determine best courses of treatment for trauma victims. But, a critically ill patient breathing with the help of a regular ventilator cannot have an MRI, because no metal is allowed near the machine.

This new piece of equipment, called an MRI ventilator, has no metal parts, which means that patients who need help breathing can be put on this special ventilator before receiving an MRI.

“Now that we have a MRI ventilator we’ve been able to provide advanced diagnostic imaging and make real differences in treatment decisions and people’s lives,” said Becky Prenton, clinical manager of Respiratory Care Services at NorthBay Healthcare, in a press release.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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