MRI is an important diagnostic tool – Estes Park Trail-Gazette


After a visit to the Doctors’ Clinic and an ultrasound, Jazmine, 64, was suspected of having ovarian cancer, the deadliest gynecological cancer. The MRI revealed the exact location of the tumor, which was not on the ovary, but nearby. Because Jazmine received care at the EPH, she was able to make her MRI appointment within 24 hours of her ultrasound, which made a significant difference in her diagnosis and treatment plan.

MRI is used to diagnose disease / injury, assess a patient’s response to treatment, and is the preferred method for visualizing soft tissues and organs. MRI scans are used for brain damage, cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, eye problems, inner ear problems, joint damage, bone infections, neck pain, lower back pain and for suspected damage to the liver, pancreas or kidneys. Quick access to MRI is essential for patients with suspected stroke, and EPH performs an average of 5 to 6 MRIs per day.

Estes Park Health is the only MRI provider in the Estes Valley, and her current MRI machine is 14 years old, nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Estes Park Health Foundation is raising money to help fund a new machine, which costs $ 1.1 million.

The advantages of the new MRI machine include:

· Shorter analysis times; examination time reduced by 50%

Diagnostically superior images

Better patient comfort with 4 inches more space in the machine

Adjustable examination coil for exceptional patient positioning

Prostate exams without the use of a rectal coil

Quiet Suite technology will reduce noise during the exam

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The Estes Park Health Foundation educates the community about Estes Park Health and develops, manages and distributes funds to help EPH fulfill its mission. To learn more about our initiatives or to volunteer, contact us at or 970-577-4370.


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