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.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact info@lastchancecider.com to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit redlodgeales.com/orchard-days to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614, johnwalkerross@gmail.com; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607, sam@redlodgeales.net; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734, lindseyhoffmann406@yahoo.com  
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.