Newport Hospital has added an open MRI machine to its suite of MRIs for imaging exams, located at the hospital’s diagnostic imaging center at 69 Turnpike Avenue in Portsmouth. This machine is the first of its kind in the Lifespan Health System and the only open MRI in greater Newport County.

Patients may begin scheduling appointments immediately.

Newport Hospital’s open MRI is the Oasis 1.2T, the strongest high field open MRI scanner. It offers the patient comfort with its unique open gantry for a spacious feeling. It has an unobstructed view, unobstructed access from all sides, and soothing ambient lighting. Additionally, the space features tranquil seasonal landscapes throughout the room, offering patients a relaxing view during their imaging experience.

This open MRI is effective for a variety of procedures including orthopedic imaging, neurological imaging, vascular imaging, abdomen and pelvis imaging, and face and neck imaging.

“Providing a comprehensive suite of medical imaging options for patients on Aquidneck Island and in the east bay to meet their needs is just one way we are ‘Delivering health with care,’” said Newport Hospital President Crista F. Durand. "It is a testament to the patient-centric focus of our talented medical imaging team that Newport Hospital has the only open MRI machine in Greater Newport County and the only Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence in Rhode Island and in south coast Massachusetts.”

“We are delighted to add this new technology to our diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures,” said Christopher Monteiro, director of imaging cardiology operations and radiology administration and support, Newport Hospital. “It offers greater comfort for the patient with its extra space, alleviating the feeling of claustrophobia, which for some, can make these types of scans difficult. It delivers high performance, which is a priority, and its design allows for easier communication between patient, radiologists, and technologists.”

Newport Hospital remains grateful to its community for their generosity, which helped to fund this and other enhancements. More than $750,000 was raised in 2021 to help fund five pieces of new equipment. In addition to this open MRI, a 64-slice CT scanner was installed in Portsmouth – which is the same technology used at Newport Hospital. Last fall, three 3D tomosynthesis mammography units were installed between the two locations. This final instillation rounds out a new suite of medical imaging equipment between the Newport Hospital and Portsmouth Imaging Center locations.

Last year, Newport Hospital was also designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, setting it apart from all other hospitals in the state.

To make an appointment, call Portsmouth Imaging Center at 401-444-7770 or email [email protected].

Kelly Brennan

Senior Public Relations Officer
Rhode Island Hospital
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