Mayo Clinic Health System to increase imaging capabilities in Onalaska

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — Mayo Clinic Health System announced Thursday that the future expansion to the Onalaska clinic will house an MRI scanner to increase imaging capabilities.

The $4.9 million project includes a fully outfitted single MRI bay for the fixed, wide-bore 3T-strength MRI scanner, as well as unfinished shell space for future MRI expansion on the west side of the clinic. Construction is expected to begin in the spring with the new MRI fully operational in early 2022.

“This exciting expansion will increase advanced imaging options for multiple specialties, including orthopedic and sports medicine, oncologic, urologic and neurologic exams,” said Dr. Janel Glantz, the radiology department chair.  “It will also improve our patients’ experience by reducing MRI scan times and providing more comfortable wide-bore scanning capability.”

A 3T magnetic field is twice as powerful as the fields used in conventional high-field MRI scanners, resulting in a clearer and more complete image. The 3T-strength MRI is the optimal technology for musculoskeletal, abdominal, prostate and brain imaging.

“With this investment, we will be able to provide the most advanced and highest quality patient care, access, imaging capability and interpretations for our region,” said Dr. Paul Mueller, regional vice president.