Bristol Regional offers upright MRI
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BRISTOL , Tenn. - Bristol Regional Medical Center, part of the Wellmont Health System, now offers upright MRI, a cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging machine that allows patients to sit upright or stand while they are being scanned. The upright MRI machine was recently installed in a new office at Sapling Grove, Bristol Regional's outpatient center located adjacent to the hospital. Upright MRI is different from traditional magnetic resonance imaging machines in that it's open - no part of the machine covers the patient's face or body - and the patient either stands or sits upright during the imaging process. The latter facet could provide revelatory diagnostic information to physicians investigating injuries or disease of the spinal column and weight-bearing joints such as knees, ankles and shoulders. The maker of the upright MRI, Fonar, has reported several case studies where upright positioning through MRI showed details that weren't apparent when a patient was scanned while lying down. Another advantage to upright MRI is for claustrophobic patients, who sometimes have difficulty in the confines of a traditional MRI. Patients being scanned also can catch up on their favorite television show or a movie, as a big-screen TV and a DVD player are set up for viewing from the upright MRI.
Embarq bills ready to spring ahead
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KINGSPORT - At 2 a.m. Sunday, residents here and across the United States will be reaching for their clocks as daylight-saving time goes into effect three weeks earlier than last year. While residents have the inconvenience of fiddling with their clocks, large companies like Embarq Corp. face different challenges by making sure their computer, billing, network and other systems are ready for the change. "Many of our customers, especially wireless customers, are billed by the time of day they use their communications services," said Vallerie Parrish-Porter, chief information officer at Embarq. "Accurate billing is a key to good customer service, and we need to make sure our bills properly reflect our customers' usage."
Lee chamber to vote on nominations
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PENNINGTON GAP - Lee County Area Chamber of Commerce President Bill Sage presented a list of nominations for the board of directors for the coming year at the chamber's monthly meeting Thursday at Lee Bank and Trust Co. Directors will be voted on next month. Nominees are: Tim Long, vice president of economic development; Jeff Rowlett, vice president of the Tobacco Festival; Gary Parsons, community affairs; Adam Kinser, internal affairs; Tina Rowe, ambassador; and Rhonda Carroll, finance.