Carson patient says Wide-Bore MRI made all the difference

CARSON CITY, MI -- Eric Hagerman of Carson City had experienced lower back pain for years but felt claustrophobic when he slid into a standard MRI for a body scan.

That changed when he used Sparrow Carson Hospital’s Wide-Bore MRI Unit, which offers an additional six inches of space over a traditional MRI and can accommodate patients of up to 550 pounds or with extra-wide shoulders.

"Wow, what a difference,” Hagerman said.

"From the wall of windows brightening up the entire room to the décor, you almost forget you are in a hospital. The MRI technician explained the process and even asked me what music I’d like to listen to during the scan. With the larger, more open tube, I didn’t even need to take a Valium to get through the scan."

MRI appointments require physician approval in advance. To learn more about Sparrow Carson’s Imaging Department, go to

The Wide-Bore unit is also available at Sparrow Health Center Lansing. Go to for more information.

Eric & Tammy Hagerman and granddaughters 11.2020

Sparrow Carson Hospital patient Eric Hagerman and wife Tammy pose with their granddaughters following his successful treatment for back pain using Sparrow Carson’s new Wide-Bore MRI Unit.


Sparrow Carson Hospital is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System. As Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization, Sparrow includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit