New York’s new $7,000 MRI is ‘not perfect’
A new MRI scanner is about to be installed at a small, low-income apartment complex in Tuscaloosia, Alabama.
The $7.5 million project will be funded by the Alabama Office of Economic Development, which has been funding a new $4.8 million MRI scanner for the Alabama Housing Authority.
The project will see a $2.5 billion investment by the state.
The state’s Department of Health is responsible for overseeing the project, which is expected to cost between $2 million and $2,500 per scan.
But a new study by Alabama Health Sciences Corporation found that the MRI scanner could be less accurate than previously believed, and could lead to inaccurate results.
“The new scan, which we expect to complete in 2018, is not perfect,” said Dr. Paul Gifford, chief medical officer at Alabama Health.
“It’s not the best.
But, I would say, it’s certainly not the worst.”
In addition to the issues with the new MRI, Giffords said that the scanner could have serious health risks.
“We have to be aware of the risks associated with the MRI,” he said.
“The scanners use a very high-speed magnetic resonance imaging system that’s sensitive to vibrations, and it can generate a lot of noise and vibration, which can affect the accuracy of the scan.”
Giffords stressed that the $7 million is just a pilot project, and that more than 100 patients will be receiving MRI scans this year.
The cost of the project is expected at between $7000 and $12,000 per patient, and Giffings hopes to bring the cost down to $1,500 by 2020.
The project is part of the Alabama Medicaid expansion project.
The Alabama Housing and Economic Development Agency is also helping fund the project.