BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital is expanding the medical services it will offer.
It has been years in the making, but Monday the leaders of MDI Hospital broke ground on the site of the future new magnetic resonance imaging unit.
The MRI facility will be prefabricated with an estimated cost of $3.5 million.
“We are so dedicated to this community and this has been such a long process for us,” MDI Hospital President and CEO Christina Maguire said.
“We looked at every possible location within our campus to be able to locate the MRI unit and what we found was it just wasn’t going to be able to be accommodated in our current space,” she said.
The new wide-bore MRI unit will be larger and more comfortable, giving patients a less stressful experience, Maguire said.
“This project will improve services to help the hospital move forward with technology,” said Maguire. “It goes far beyond MDI. This is the Hancock County region that now has access to this type of high-end quality service.”
The wide-bore unit provides faster scanning and better high-quality images than a typical MRI unit and can accommodate larger people.
It also comes with a few custom features.
“Prior to you going into the room, you’re able to pick colors, music, videos, in order to make the experience more pleasing,” Maquire said.
Maguire said the existing MRI mobile unit will continue to be operational.
The hospital president said the goal is to test the unit to have it operational by August.