New MRI machine offering new results at Valley Baptist Medical Center

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The new 3TMRI machine at Valley Baptist Medical Center promises an increased resolution and image quality.

Joey Govea, Director of Imaging at Valley Baptist in Harlingen, said this is just the beginning for neurological advancements.

"This device offers us a level of clarity that we didn't have before,” he said. "We can not only scan the brain, but take very specific pictures of the spinal canal that goes through your spine. We can even image different nerves."

Valley Baptist invested close to $4 million for its 3TMRI and other imaging machines.

The hospital has only had the machine since June of this year.

"New scanning methods, new protocols, that as they come out and be industry available, we'll be able to pioneer them here in the Valley," said Govea.

Los Fresnos native, Olga Gonzalez, has been diagnosed with the neurological disorder, Neuromyelitis Optica, and has to get an MRI every year.

"To see if there's any inflammation in the vision, nerves or on the spine,” said Gonzalez.

She said the biggest difference is the amount of time it takes to complete an MRI.

"So, it's a lot faster than the last time I remember having it," said Gonzalez.

According to Govea, a normal hour exam will take 30 minutes with the 3TMRI, without sacrificing efficiency.

"What that does is allows us to capture so much more data in less amount of time," Govea said.

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