Mayo completes imaging expansion project at Onalaska Clinic

The $8.1M expansion added two imaging suites

ONALASKA (WKBT) — Mayo Clinic Health System announced the completion of an $8.1 million imaging expansion project at their Onalaska clinic Monday.

The project added two imaging suites on the first floor for 3T and 1.5T fixed, wide bore MRI scanners. The scanners use a magnetic field and computer generated radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissue. Mayo Clinic staff say the new scanners help increase access and will reduce scanning times for patients.

“This exciting expansion increases advanced imaging options for multiple specialties, including orthopedic and sports medicine, oncologic, urologic and neurologic exams,” Janel Glantz, M.D., radiologist, said.

Construction on the imaging suite began in spring 2021.

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT)-  A groundbreaking Wednesday morning kickes off an expansion for Mayo Clinic Health System in Onalaska.

The $8.1 million dollar project will bring two MRI ‘tesla’ scanners.

The ‘3T’ strength and a ‘1.5T’ strength to the expanded space on the west of the existing building.

According to Mayo Clinic Health System, a ‘3T’ magnetic field is twice as powerful as the fields used in conventional high-field MRIs.

The added machines will help doctors diagnose problems.

“This was a project that we had in the works for a while. And to be honest the pandemic did slow down this initiative. We felt like we really needed to increase imaging services, particularly for magnetic resonance imaging in this region,” said Tanner Holst, Mayo Clinic Health System administrator.

Mayo Clinic Health System expects the new MRI to be fully operational by early next year.

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