Adventist Hospital Palawan introduces first ever MRI in the province
The Palawan Adventist Hospital introduces the first ever Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Palawan during their launching and blessing of the machine, November 23, 2018.
The MRI has a 1.5 Tesla scanner Magnetom Sempra that is excellent in soft tissue imaging, superior over CT scans, x-rays and ultrasounds, purchased by the hospital for over P50 million.
According to Dr. Ronnie Dan Salazar, Vice president of Medical Services, in his remarks during the launching said that the machine though expensive was purchased by the hospital because the board of the hospital knows that the machine is needed by the people of Palawan.
“The board and the hospital decided to buy it because they know that it is needed in the province,” he said.
Dr. Salazar explained that MRI might offer the same test with CT scan but the machine is radiationfree and is beneficial to those patients who are already exposed to radiation.
“Now some of you may ask, bakit pa mag-iinvest sa MRI, kung meron naman tayong CT scan? Okay, they might offer the same test, but they are very different in a way na MRI doesn’t have any radiation. So, mas beneficial po sa mga patients natin na sobra na sa radiation,” Dr. Salazar stated.
He added that the machine takes longer when testing than CT scans but no matter how long it takes for testing the patient will not be exposed to any radiation.
“Ang magiging disadvantage lang niyan, this one takes a longer time. Ang CT Scan you can do it in few seconds but this one, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes, but kahit gaano man katagal ‘yan hindi ka mai-expose sa radiation,” Dr. Salazar explained.
He said that the machine is produced and supplied by the company “Siemens” that offers the best quality of MRIs because the hospital wants to provide the best quality of health care service to all Palaweños.
“It’s the same company, Siemens, yun po yung punakamataas, pinaka-quality na supplier ng MRI, and we wanted to give the best quality of service to the people of Puerto Princesa,” said Dr. Salazar.
Photo by Kia Johanna Lamo