Boone Memorial Hospital's Radiology Department saw the most patients in its history in April 2012 with their new MRI on-site machine, according to a press release from BMH.
"We saw the need because our patients told us that driving to Charleston is expensive. All of this was in the best interest of our patients and we felt it was important to respond to the community needs," said BMH Administrator Tommy Mullins in the release.
In that same note, Mark Linville, the executive director of general services at BMH, Inc., explained why he feels the numbers have increased.
"The significance is that we are saving patients time and money from having to go to Charleston or other areas to get their MRIs. I believe that the numbers have increased because providers value having this tool at their disposal and know we have competent radiologists reading the studies. Also, we have reduced cost in operating the MRI here on campus versus having a mobile unit coming in," Linville said.