Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Health Planning Commission Considers Magnetic Scanners

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Health Planning Commission Considers Magnetic Scanners

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State hospitals may be able to contract for the use of mobile magnetic resonace imaging scanners sometime next year if the O klahoma Health Planning Commission adopts a change in criteria and standards regulating all magnetic resonance imaging devices.

A hearing on proposed changes was held Monday at the Oklahoma Department of Health.

According to Paul C. Brown, director of planning for the Oklahoma Health Planning Commission, a set of criteria making it possible for state hospitals to obtain a certificate of need for fixed magnetic scanners - scanner equipment which is installed as a permanent hospital fixture - was adopted by the commission in the fall of 1984.

With the use of a magnet, the scanner checks the body for illnesses, particularily neuroscience specialties - multiple sclerosis is an example - without the use of X-rays.

A few facilities in the state have the scanners. The teaching hospital at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, for example, is in the process of installing one.

Approximately six months ago, some of the companies which manufacture mobile scanners began promoting the product to the state hospitals. However, there are no state guidelines at present which specifically address the use or procedures for mobile scanners.

Mobile scanners, basically, provide the same function as the fixed equipment. About the only difference is that the equipment is placed in a trailer so it can be transported on the roadways from hospital to hospital.

Another major difference between a fixed and a mobile scanner, according to Brown, is whether a hospital could afford and would want to purchase the fixed scanner, or contract for the services of amobile unit.

"The trailer magnetic scanner unit costs between $2.5 million and $2.6 million. …

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