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IVCH adds new MRI unit

A 40-ton addition to Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s diagnostic imaging department is hoisted by crane on to a concrete pad adjoining the department's outside wall.
A 40-ton addition to Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s diagnostic imaging department is hoisted by crane on to a concrete pad adjoining the department's outside wall.

PERU — The modular structure that will be the home of the new MRI unit at Illinois Valley Community Hospital was lifted into place Nov. 15.

The 40-ton addition to the hospital’s diagnostic imaging department was brought to Peru on an 80-foot tractor-trailer truck and then hoisted by crane onto a concrete pad adjoining the outside wall to the department.

The new addition to the main IVCH building will house a new magnetic resonance imaging unit that is expected to be in use by mid-December.

Manufactured by Canon Medical Systems and obtained with the help of a major grant from the IVCH Foundation, the new MRI at the Peru hospital will have the widest opening currently available, making it less claustrophobic than older systems.

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