Fletcher Allen MRI Recommended

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A state regulatory panel is recommending that Vermont’s largest hospital be able to buy a new diagnostic tool.
The Public Oversight Commission yesterday voted to support the purchase of a new magnetic resonance imager or MRI.
Fletcher Allen Health Care officials testified that the two MRI machines the facility has aren’t enough.
An outside consultant had said the Burlington hospital could trim 800-thousand dollars by purchasing a less powerful MRI.
But hospital representatives countered that the new machine could save money by providing more accurate diagnoses that could reduce costly, invasive procedures.
Commissioner John Crowley will make the final decision on the purchase no later than September.

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