By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County

GLOVERSVILLE – Nathan Littauer Hospital formally celebrated the addition of the latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologies to their main campus last Thursday.
The new equipment has been used at the hospital since February but representatives from the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce were on hand to celebrate the formal ribbon cutting on Thursday afternoon.
“We are so lucky as a region to have a hospital that is so forward thinking,” chamber president Mark Kilmer said. “It’s a great opportunity for our region. No longer are you going to have to go to the bigger cities to get the big city medicine, you can now stay local. This is going to increase the efficiency of medical care in our community.”
The new wing was constructed to host the Optima MR450w with GEM, which hospital officials said is designed to help maximize patient comfort while delivering uncompromised image quality.
Littauer President and CEO Laurence Kelly said the new suite was constructed for about $900,000 and the new MRI machine is valued at $1.15 million.
“This is technology very few hospitals have,” Kelly said.
He said patients expectations have shifted in recent years and they have begun demanding more comfortable scanning, better imagery, quieter sessions, and quicker scans which all can be provided with the new MRI.
A new feature of the Optima MR450w is silent scan which allows those taking neurological scans to have a virtually noise-free experience at Littauer.
Littauer’s Chief of Radiology Dr. John Mastrangelo said the machines innovative wide bore design allows more space for added patient comfort. The table surface with different cushion densities is designed to alleviate pressure points and a new coil array offers feet-first imaging for all exam types.
“We are now prepared to provide the best experience possible,” Mastrangelo said. “The other equipment was good but this is state of the art.”
Kelly also thanked the Nathan Littauer Foundation for its help in building the new suite along with those that made donations to cover the pricey investment.
The largest donation came from Kay and Thomas Friello, of Johnstown, who contributed $5,000 toward the expense and were in attendance Thursday. The mother and son said they have used the hospitals services on numerous occasions and felt it was a great way to help and invest in the community.
“We have been using their services for years and we couldn’t think of a better investment,” Kay Friello said.
“Nathan Littauer has always been a leader in bringing new diagnostic imaging to this area,” said Cheryl McGrattan, Littauer vice president of marketing and communications. “People with migraines or people who are claustrophobic will be especially happy to hear this news.”
To learn more or to schedule services, contact Littauer’s Diagnostic Imaging Department at (518) 773-5520.