Thursday, May 20, 2010

Large Bore MRI Now Available at Fauquier Hospital

Fauquier Health is the first in the area to offer the large bore MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system that offers a much wider bore (opening) for larger or claustrophobic patients. The new MRI was available for the first time on Sunday, May 16, and the response from patients was overwhelming.

Dr. James Koepke, diagnostic radiologist for
Virginia Radiology Associates, is enthusiastic about the new equipment. “This is going to be terrific for the community. Now, folks who are uncomfortable in a traditional MRI don’t have to travel long distances to have a wide bore MRI. And the Sunday time slot is going to be great, especially for those who work long hours in D.C.”

MRI uses radio waves to produce images of the brain and body. It can reveal delicate structures in the spinal chord, the head and brain, the soft tissues around and in joints and many other organs such as kidneys and liver.

Before wide bore technology, patients too large to fit inside the opening of a high-field MRI magnet would have their imaging exam performed in an MRI system that used low- field strength magnets, and therefore received lower-quality images.

Claustrophobic patients present another challenge for MRI systems. The open bore allows for maximum space between the magnet and the patient’s head. And with the shortest front to back magnet width, most of the exam is done with the patient’s head clear of the magnet area. This high-quality scan takes significantly less time than other open MRI systems, so patients are in and out faster.

The large bore MRI is available at Fauquier Hospital every Sunday. The medical imaging department offers conventional MRI technology as well, which can accommodate most patients.

If your doctor orders an MRI, you can call Fauquier Health to schedule the large bore MRI at 540-316-5800.

Tiffany Black Takes to the Sky

As if Tiffany Black’s work as Medical Imaging file room supervisor at Fauquier Hospital isn’t exciting enough, she recently had a high-flying adventure.

The 39-year-old recently tried skydiving.

She said, “I wasn’t really scared to jump out of the plane. I felt comfortable with the person jumping in tandum with me.

“At the beginning, you are only in free fall for about a minute, but it feels like a couple of minutes. After that, the parachute ride down is peaceful and serene. My controller let me steer and I pulled on ropes to control where we went. It was very pretty. The parachute ride is only 4 or 5 minutes, but it feels like about 10.
“At the end, it seems like the earth is coming at you really fast, but then you pull up just at the last minute and glide in.”

What’s next? Tiffany said, “I would like to jump alone next time ... and I think I’d like to try hang gliding.”

Fauquier Free Clinic Hosts Pacemakers Run

The Fauquier Free Clinic will hold the Pacemakers 5K/10k and Kids Fun Run at Airlie Conference Center airstrip on Sunday, June 6. Fauquier Health and its physicians and staff members are strong supporters of the Free Clinic.

There will be a well-marked course, with plenty of refreshments and water stops. The fundraiser helps Free Clinic volunteers provide health and dental care to local uninsured families.

To register online, visit:

Registrations received before June 1 are $30; Kids Fun Run is $10. (T-shirts guaranteed only for pre-registered runners.) Race day registration is $35. All runners must be registered by 7:30 a.m. Make checks payable to: “Fauquier Free Clinic” and mail to Pacemakers Run, P.O. Box 3138, Warrenton, VA 20188.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fauquier Health Sponsors Driver Clinic for Teens and Parents June 4-6

The Teen Driver Safety Foundation and Fauquier Health are bringing the New Driver Car Control Clinic® to Liberty High School in Bealeton on June 4, 5 and 6.

The clinic is a hands-on, behind-the-wheel program that teaches new drivers and their parents what to do in a traffic emergency.

According to the National Safety Council, one in four teens crashes in their first year driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 85 percent of crashes involving a 16-year-old are driver error.

Statistical evidence shows that unless your brain is pre-programmed to react properly in a panic situation, you may not react safely. A four-year study of the crash experience of graduates of The New Driver Car Control Clinic shows that teens that completed The New Driver Car Control Clinic had 77 percent fewer crashes than their peers of the same age during the same years.

Each parent-student team (the clinic does not accept a teen without a parent) attends a Friday classroom session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and a four-hour behind-the-wheel session on either Saturday or Sunday using the family’s or teen’s own car. The cost is $179 per team and includes a 56-page workbook and 45-minute DVD, plus a certificate of completion for submission to an insurance company for a possible discount.


Medication Collection Event Keeps Chemicals Out of Landfill

The Unused Medication and Sharps Collection event on April 24 was a big success. Fauquier Health helped the community and environment by collecting 40 gallons of sharps (needles) and approximatley 107 pounds of medications.

Organizer Elizabeth Henrickson of Community Outreach wants to express appreciation to Barbara Crierie, Margaret Rowe, Jerry Hansel, Claudia Dornin, Amy Petty, Jeff Iverson, Sanford Reaves, Robert Carroll, Ben Haight, John Williams, Bruce Williams, Deb Berry, Amy Phillips, Mary Barbee, Denise Dewald and the Warrenton Police Department’s First Sergeant Lynne Zett and Detective Brian Kies for their help. Shenandoah University pharmacy students also were valuable volunteers. NOVEC sponsored the event.

Zumba Class for Ages 9-15 Begins at LIFE Center

The Fauquier Health LIFE Center had expanded its class schedule to include exercise opportunities for those aged 9 to 15. Gotta Move It! will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., and will include features of Zumba®, yoga, Pilates, body sculpt and circuit training.

Aren Dodge, registered dietitian, will present nutrition information and handouts regularly for the class.

No sign up is necessary, but parents or guardians must fill out health history and informed consent prior to the first session. Participants can start any time; the class is ongoing.

The new class is included in LIFE Center membership (membership available to those 13 years and older). For non-members and those aged 9-12, a punch card may be purchased: 10 classes for $65. (There is a discount available to Fauquier Health employees.)