BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The Naval Hospital in
Beaufort and the Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston are using
a new $2 million imaging machine to help patients.
Naval hospital commander
Capt. Joan Queen told The Island Packet of Hilton Head
that the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department approved the request.
Officials say the machine
will stay in Beaufort and save the hospitals $1 million a year because
patients won't have to be referred elsewhere for MRIs. MRI stands for
magnetic resonance imaging. The scan uses a magnetic field and radio
waves to show organs and tissue inside the body.
The Naval Hospital treats
only active-duty military members, their dependents and retirees with 20
years of service. The Charleston VA hospital treats all military