Beartooth Billings Clinic now offering MRI services

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Beartooth Billings Clinic announces the availability of an all-new state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for patients that will significantly improve diagnostic imaging capabilities in the area. Beartooth Billings Clinic has partnered with Monida Shared Imaging to be able to offer MRI services to provide patients with the best technology.  Residents of the communities served by the MRI scanner have gained local access to the same technology available in large, metropolitan communities.

The new MRI scanner offers major improvements in both speed and detail. William Oley, MD, Medical Director at Beartooth Billings Clinic commented: “This scanner reduces the length of MRI exams while at the same time improving the quality of the images. This is a great resource for our community.”  This scanner is significantly faster than other MRI systems and will enable providers to improve the accuracy in diagnosing  a wide range of conditions, including vascular disease; abdominal and brain disorders; and musculoskeletal conditions in the knee, shoulder and other joints.  “Faster exams make the experience more comfortable for patients, especially those who have difficulty holding their breath or have claustrophobia. Having MRI available at Beartooth opens the door for us to improve the diagnosis of disease and provide new imaging services locally for our patients,” said Oley.

MRI utilizes computers and magnetic fields, rather than radiation, to provide safe and non-invasive images of the human anatomy. It is estimated that more than 20 million MRI exams are performed each year in the United States.  It is the primary imaging technology for diagnosing muscular, joint, nerve, and stroke disorders.  Unlike CT scanners, which each of the hospitals own and use for emergencies such as trauma patients, most MRI scans are non-emergent and can be scheduled in advance. 

“We’re very excited to be able to provide this new capability for our community,” said Kelley Evans, CEO at Beartooth Billings Clinic, “and, with all the features and benefits, provide a remarkably improved experience for our patients.  We anticipate it may also help relieve backlogs when they occur and enable us to get patients in sooner when their doctor orders an MRI.”

Beartooth Billings Clinic is a Critical Access Hospital that has been serving the community for over 60 years. Their state-of-the-art modern healthcare facility opened in November of 2010. For more information, call (406) 446-2345.