News Release

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Contact: Joy Vann, (757) 668-8566, joy.vann@chkd.org

New MRI at CHKD's Health and Surgery Center Expands Service, Convenience to Pennisula

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –- Pediatric radiology specialists will begin operating a new mobile MRI at CHKD‘s Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point on Thursday, Dec. 6. The mobile magnetic resonance imaging system will be used for patients 8 and older who require treatment in a variety of medical specialties including neurology, oncology and orthopedics.

"Our new mobile MRI will allow many of our Peninsula patients to stay on this side of the water when they need imaging services and it will give us much greater flexibility in scheduling,” said Lori Prowant, CHKD’s director of radiology. “Scheduling time is at a premium. MRIs at adult facilities regularly schedule patients late into the evening, but we just can't do that with children. This unit will give us those important day appointments that our patients need.”

CHKD has a number of frequent patients who are prescheduled for MRIs every two or three months. Now they and all patients requiring MRIs will be accommodated much more efficiently and quickly.

The leased MRI and its transport vehicle, an 18-wheel semi-truck, will be staffed by two CHKD-trained technologists. It will be parked next to the building on a specially-built driveway near the operating room entrance. Mobile MRI services will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Friday, increasing to five days per week as demand increases.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and provides care to more than 160,000 children each year as inpatients and outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.