ROCKPORT — The new MRI machine at Pen Bay Medical Center went live this week. The machine sits in a new 966-square-foot suite and has allowed PBMC to begin offering MRI services to pediatric and cardiac patients and others with conditions that require additional clinical staff in the room.

The MRI includes a number of features designed to overcome the anxiety that many patients feel when they are placed inside the narrow confines of the machine. These include piped in music, videos, and the ability to project different colored lights onto the walls. Relaxed patients typically hold steadier during a scan, reducing the need for additional scans and call backs.

The new MRI machine and suite are part of a larger $30 million investment PBMC is making in infrastructure and staffing to deliver health care to the community close to home. Other projects include an expansion of the PBMC Emergency Department, the open of Walk-In Care in Belfast and Rockland and market-driven salary adjustments for all care team members.

Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital have put in place additional safety measures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, go to mainehealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19/safe-appointments.

MaineHealth encourages everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the best way to end the pandemic. Vaccinations are available at The Pharmacy at PBMC, PBMC Walk-In Care, WCGH Walk-In Care, and from primary care providers.

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