New MRI Puts Patient Comfort First at Palo Pinto General Hospital

Palo Pinto General Hospital (PPGH) is thrilled to unveil their newly installed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner from Siemens Healthineers. This MRI, with its larger bore, reduces feelings of patient discomfort thanks to its 70-centimeter design and a myriad of patient comfort-enhancing features.

“We are proud to announce that we have installed a new Siemens 1.5 Tesla MRI. The new MRI has a larger diameter bore, quicker scan times, excellent image quality and a weight limit of 550 pounds,” said Ross Korkmas, Chief Executive Officer of Palo Pinto General Hospital. “Our new MRI has an array of comfort-first features that we are excited to offer our community. Patients are going to be impressed with our continued advancements in imaging.”

The new MRI is enhanced by a transformative lighting package. A combination of a ceiling skylight and ambient lighting, Immerlight, provides a soothing environment and can potentially help to reduce the intimidation often associated with an MRI exam.

Then, once the patient has begun their exam, they’ll experience in-MRI entertainment that  provides the patient with the ability to enjoy a movie or watch relaxing stock videos.

“We didn’t want to just install an MRI and leave it at that,” said Joe Erwin, Radiology Director at Palo Pinto General Hospital. “We know that our community trusts us for compassionate, patient-first care. So we wanted to make sure that’s exactly what they’d get here at PPGH. The lighting will help set patients at ease, and the in-MRI entertainment helps make the exam time feel like it goes by more quickly. Patients are going to be wowed.”

The new system allows scans to be conducted within 10-15 minutes. People will be in and out of the MRI scanner and the room itself faster, all without sacrificing the excellent image quality and clinical results.

Patients interested in scheduling their next MRI at Palo Pinto General Hospital can ask their doctor or provider for a referral, visit the PPGH website at or call 940-325-7891 for more information.

About Palo Pinto General Hospital

Palo Pinto General Hospital, operated by Palo Pinto County Hospital District, is dedicated to providing high-quality convenient health care throughout the region. The county’s leading health care provider operates healthcare facilities in Mineral Wells, Gordon, Santo, and Possum Kingdom Lake, emphasizing prevention and wellness.

PPGH’s growing network includes an acute care hospital and skilled nursing unit; Urgent Care and primary care clinics; physical therapy, specialty clinics in women’s services, cardiology, orthopedics and sports medicine, pain management, pediatrics, urology, and pulmonary; and a mobile healthcare unit.