A magnet weighing 11,800 pounds was installed in the MRI Center at CVPH Medical Center May 6. The magnet, GE Heathcare's Optima MR450w widebore MRI system, was so large it needed to enter the building through a sky light by crane. According to hospital officials, the OptimaTM MR450w offers "substantial benefits for patients" in need of an MRI, including "increased comfort, reduced exam times, and less need for rescanning due to patient movement." CVPH is the first hospital in upstate New York to have this state-of-the-art magnet. The unit will be fully operational in mid-June. A public open house is planned for Friday, June 11.