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A worker attaches cables to Providence St. Mary's new magnetic resonance imaging machine. The $1.8 million, nine-ton unit will give doctors a new tool to see inside patients without resorting to surgery. (July 27, 2010)

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On the last leg of its journey, a rigger guides new magnetic resonance imaging machine through a rooftop opening into the diagnostic imaging department at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. The nine-ton unit was put into place Tuesday. (July 27, 2010)

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On the rooftop of Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Kelli Rasley, left, Corinne Stevens and Mike Collins watch as the hospital's new magnetic resonance imaging unit is lowered into its new home Tuesday. The nine-ton, $1.8 million machine will give doctors a new tool to diagnose and treat patients. (July 27, 2010)

A new arrival with tons of magnetic personality dropped in at Providence St. Mary Medical Center on Tuesday. At left, a worker attaches hoisting cables to the hospital's new $1.8 million magnetic resonance imaging unit. It was lifted by a crane from the parking lot and lowered through a roof opening into the hospital's diagnostic imaging department. Below, among those watching the operation from the hospital's rooftop were Kelli Rasley, left, Corinne Stevens and Mike Collins. The new machine will give doctors a powerful new tool to diagnose injury and disease in patients without resorting to exploratory surgery. Advances in medical imaging technology will be featured Sunday in the Union-Bulletin's Panorama section.

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