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SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAYJUNE 9, 20|9 A7 NEWS LOCAL NEWS Sidney Health Center upgrades MRI technology Sidney Health Center has acquired the latest in MRI technology by install- ing the new Vantage Titan TM from Canon Medical Systems. The new open— bore of the 1.5T Vantage Titan MR system is 18 per- cent larger than other 1.5T systems on the market creating a more pleasant experience for patients. The new equipment fea- tures a large patient tube, outstanding image per- formance, and the largest available clinical field-of- view, providing the high- est level of patient care and diagnostic capabil- ity in magnetic resonance ' imaging. “The Canon Medical Systems Vantage Titan is a dramatic improvement over traditional open-bore 1.5T MR systems, as it of- fers the largest and wid- est bore available with a significant reduction in noise,” said Linda Labatte, Imaging Director at Sid- ney Health Center. “The Vantage Titan’s large clin- ical field—of-view is unique for this bore size and pro- duces high-quality images without compromising overall imaging perfor— mance. In addition, the Vantage Titan’s bore size offers more space for pa- tients inside the machine and limits MR acoustic noise using Canon Medi- cal Systems’ patented Pia— nissimo TM technology, which creates a better im- aging experience for all Marshall Donahue, RT, and Greg Arneson, RT, are shown with the new Vantage Titan MRI at Sidney Health Center. patients, especially those with claustrophobia.” The Vantage Titan’s patient-focused features significantly improve pa- tient comfort and increase the range of patients who can be imaged with MR. The open bore provides a greater feeling of open- ness for the patient, and Canon Medical Systems technology dramatically reduces acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during an MR exam. Another distinct advan- tage of the Vantage Titan MR system is that it al- lows for a variety ' of contrast-free MRA imaging techniques. The expanded tests in- clude Fresh Blood Imag- ing (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA), Time—Spatial La- beling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) and Time and Space Angiography (TSA). Contrast-free im- aging is particularly important because it in- I creases safety and reduces the risks associated with using contrast agents for some high-risk patients. The new Titan MRI also features dedicated breast coils. “The addition of the Breast Coils means that Sidney Health Center has the capability to perform Breast MRI exams allow- ing patients to stay local for all of their breast care needs,” stated Labatte. “Not all hospital and imaging centers have dedicated breast MRI equipment. When hav- ing a screening MRI, it is important to have it at a facility with dedicated equipment with the ability to perform an MRI-guided biopsy if needed. We are excited to be one of these facilities that can diag- nosis and treat all breast care needs.” NEWS Montana Wilderness Association at Hike Makoshika State Park Makoshika State Park will host a Montana Wilderness Association Hike on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Join park staff and the Montana Wilderness Association for a hike along the Vista Trail following this road—to-trails route along a plateau in the . undeveloped portion of Makoshika. Enjoy close-up views of the badlands and distant views of adjacent valleys. The trail is moderate in difficulty but little or no shade is available and daytime temperatures can be extreme. A 'hat, hiking poles, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water is recommended. The trip leaders will make stops along the route to provide rest breaks and share information about the park, its resources, and management. Please meet the hike leaders at the Vista Trailhead. For more than 50 years, Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) has been working with communities across the state to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions. It’s a mission that began in 1958 when our founders, Ken and Florence Baldwin', sent a letter to 100 friends, inviting them to join a-citizen-led effort to protect the Madison and Gallatin Ranges. Since that time, our commitment to grassroots conservation has proved instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act and in the designation of all 15 wilderness areas in Montana. MWA currently has more than 5,500 members. For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 377-6256. 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Human rabies deaths in the United States are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and average approximately 'one to two deaths per year since the 1990’s. Preventive treatment for rabies is nearly 100% successful. "Rabies can be prevented by avoiding physical contact with stray or wild animals and seeking preventive treatment if you think you have been exposed,” said Jen Miller, a registered nurse with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). "Rabies is not spread through indirect contact from objects that potentially rabid animals have come into contact with, such as animal food bowls after a skunk has eaten dog food.” In 2018, 17 animals submitted for testing to the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) were positive for rabies (15 bats, one skunk, and one cat). Human and animal exposures to bats and skunks are considered a high risk for rabies infection. While not without risk, bites from domestic animals that are 0.0UNTY owned and vaccinated are low risk exposures. If someone is bitten by a domestic dog, cat or ferret, the animal can be observed for signs of rabies, almost always avoiding the need for treatment. If an animal cannot be located, observed or tested, a person may need to undergo a series of shots to prevent rabies. In 2018, administration of treatment to prevent infection was recommended to 223 individuals. All exposures to an animal capable of transmitting rabies should be assessed by the local health departments for risk of rabies infection and a possible recommendation for preventative treatment. DPHHS reminds everyone of the following rabies prevention tips: Do not feed or handle wild animals, especially bats. Bats are a great concern in Montana because a bite may not be noticeable. Teach children never to touch wild animals or handle bats, even dead ones. Ask children to tell an‘adult if they see or find a bat. Do not allow children to bring bats or other wild animals to school for "Show and Tell." Avoid animal bites from domestic animals. Teach children to never approach an animal at large, and to always ask an owner's permission prior to petting an animal. Another common, source of bite exposures are adults attempting to rescue a feral animal. Sick or injured animals that have not been socialized can become aggressive when someone attempts to handle them. Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies. Cats are especiallysusceptible to rabies exposure as a result of more contact with Wild animals than dogs. All dogs and cats should have a current rabies certificate. Bat—proof your house. Bats must not be allowed in living areas of your home. Put screens on all windows, doors and chimneys to prevent bats from entering. You can prevent bats from roosting in attics or buildings by covering outside entry points, loosely hanging clear plastic sheeting or bird netting over these areas. Bats crawl out and leave, but cannot re-enter. To avoid trapping any young bats who will die or try to make their way into your rooms, seal the openings permanently after August or in the fall after bats have left forthe season. Watch for abnormal wild animal behavior. Most wild animals avoid humans, and seeing skunks and bats during the daytime is rare. If you see an animal acting strangely, leave it alone and contact law enforcement or an animal control agency if you think it may pose a danger "Any bat that has physical contact with a person, or is found in an area where contact may have occurred but gone undetected, such as a bedroom with a sleeping adult or child, should be tested for rabies when possible," Miller said. "Do not damage the head of the bat, because the brain is needed for the rabies test. DPHHS does not recommend testing bats or other animals for rabies if there has not been any exposure to humans or domestic animals. 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