Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Achieves Milestone with Crane Lift of Niagara County’s First 3T MRI Unit

January 29, 2024

Niagara Falls, NY — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) proudly announces the crane lift of its cutting-edge 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit, supplied by GE Healthcare, into the newly constructed MRI suite located in the Heart Center of Niagara. This pivotal event not only marks the near completion of the MRI Imaging Center of Niagara, but also brings the first 3T MRI technology to Niagara County, setting new standards in diagnostic imaging and patient care.

The installation process, involving a precision crane lift of the over 8-ton MRI unit into the new suite, signifies a pivotal step in the completion of the $3 million project, enhancing diagnostic capabilities in a region known for its high incidence of cancer.

“The introduction of our new 3T MRI unit is a transformative moment in diagnostic services for the region,” said Joseph Ruffolo, President and CEO of NFMMC. This initiative will allow more residents access to top-tier medical services within Niagara, reducing the need for transfers to distant facilities.”

The MRI Imaging Center of Niagara aims to address health inequalities and improve patient outcomes through high quality scans, faster diagnoses, and early detection of various conditions, including cancer at treatable stages. The advanced imaging technology will detect early stages of cancer disease, such as breast and prostate , cardiovascular disease and stroke with highest image specificity, as well as all musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. The completion of the MRI Center and the acquisition of this state-of-the-art MRI unit will significantly contribute to reducing health disparities and ensuring that patients receive the appropriate treatments they need.

The center is on track to be fully operational by March 2024, starting a new chapter in NFMMC’s commitment to providing cutting-edge healthcare services to the Niagara region.


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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