Media Advisory

WVU unveils the “Open MRI Ambient Experience”

WHAT: Media open house to launch the West Virginia University Open MRI service.  Demonstrations of the MRI’s unique “ambient experience” are available.

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2008; media open house from 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: First floor of the Physician’s Office Center, located next to Ruby Memorial Hospital on the WVU Health Sciences campus

WHO: Doctor(s) available for interviews

WHY: WVU houses the state’s only high-field Open MRI.  The equipment accommodates anyone from 0 - 550 lbs. Open MRIs offer a better medical experience for children, overweight adults and claustrophobic people.  An additional feature of the MRI is the $170,000 Ambient Experience, that lets patients choose wrap-around visual experiences and sounds that are projected on walls of MRI room. 

- WVU -

For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 04-04-08

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