Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Brings First 3T MRI Unit to Niagara County


Written by workbeacmc

March 13, 2024

The General Electric (GE) Signa Pioneer 3 Tesla MRI unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s MRI Imaging Center of Niagara, delivers unparalleled diagnostic precision for the Niagara County community

NIAGARA FALLS, NY— Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC), an independent regional medical center serving the Greater Niagara region in northwestern New York, is pleased to announce the opening of its MRI Imaging Center of Niagara, a landmark development in Niagara County’s medical diagnostic capabilities. Located on NFMMC’s downtown Tenth Street campus, the center is equipped with the groundbreaking 3 Tesla (3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit from GE Healthcare, and will begin welcoming outpatient appointments beginning the week of March 18, offering unprecedented access to superior diagnostic imaging services.

The new MRI Imaging Center will provide advanced imaging for our patients in-house, including those at the ER1 Emergency Department, Heart Center, and Oncology Center, without the need for transportation to another site and the resulting delay in diagnosis.

“Introducing our new 3T MRI unit is a significant step towards providing healthcare equity and accessibility, especially for those facing economic challenges, living in vulnerable communities, or dealing with special needs and mental health issues,” said Joseph Ruffolo, President and CEO of NFMMC. “Memorial is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the highest-quality diagnostic care, regardless of their circumstances. This initiative demonstrates our unwavering dedication to inclusivity and the well-being of our entire community.”

The opening of the MRI Imaging Center marks the culmination of a $3 million project, introducing the first 3T MRI technology to the region. This initiative not only expands the Memorial’s capabilities in downtown Niagara Falls but also represents a significant step forward in the battle against cancer and other diseases in a community facing above-average cancer rates.

Early detection is crucial in Niagara County when it comes to cancer where the mortality rate for breast cancer is 18.2% higher than the state average, while prostate cancer mortality exceeds the statewide rate by over 27%.

The MRI Imaging Center offers precise detection of cardiovascular diseases, strokes, and early-stage cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer. Additionally, the 3T MRI unit will provide highly detailed musculoskeletal imaging, addressing the growing demand for advanced scans and eliminating the need for patients to travel for diagnostic purposes.

Southtowns Radiology, serving as NFMMC’s diagnostic imaging partner, will manage the operations of the MRI Imaging Center. Southtowns Radiology is recognized as one of the leading medical imaging providers in Western New York, and it brings its expertise, along with a team of over 20 board-certified radiologists, to support the diagnostic imaging needs of Memorial’s patients.

The 3T MRI unit’s superior imaging capabilities will facilitate early detection of various conditions at treatable stages, significantly reducing health disparities in Niagara County by providing faster results and improving patient outcomes.

The new MRI Imaging Center highlights NFMMC’s commitment to accessible healthcare for the Niagara region. Patients can schedule appointments by calling 716-278-4341.


Founded in 1895, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) has a long tradition of serving the Niagara community. NFMMC’s hospital and primary stroke program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, and its primary care network is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Memorial’s inpatient services include a cardiac/stroke unit, a medical–surgical unit, an ICU, a Labor and Delivery unit, and an Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, the only one of its kind in Niagara County. Memorial serves as a Center for Community Health by operating five primary care centers, a large outpatient adult mental health clinic, a Health Home, and several innovative community-based services.   Thanks to a partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, and Erie County Medical Center, NFMMC operates the only cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County. Memorial is also home to the Golisano Medical Oncology Center, which operates in collaboration with Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.

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