The Optima features a high-strength 1.5T magnet and is used in patients needing an MRI exam of extremities such as the elbow, wrist, hand, knee, ankle and foot.

DINW Medical director Barbara Blankenship said for some extremity exams done in a traditional full-body MRI system, the way the patient must be positioned is not always comfortable.

"With the GE Optima MRI, patients sit next to the system and only the targeted body part goes into the system," Blankenship said.

"Beyond comfort, the extremity MRI’s open design reduces anxiety for those who have concerns about going into a full-body MRI system."