June 27, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii unveils new imaging suite

The state-of-the-art CT and MRI imaging suite will allow members to receive advanced whole-body and specialty imaging in an outpatient medical office.

CT equipment at the Mapunapuna Medical Office.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente celebrated a new CT and MRI imaging suite at Mapunapuna Medical Office today, following a blessing attended by doctors, staff, and health plan leaders. The 3,700-square-foot, $11.7 million suite contains state-of-the-art imaging equipment that enables members to receive advanced whole-body and specialty imaging in an outpatient medical office, as opposed to a hospital setting.

MRI equipment at the Kaiser Permanente Mapunapuna Medical Office.
MRI equipment at the Mapunapuna Medical Office.

The new equipment has faster CT scanning capabilities and enhanced CT angiography imaging. New dose-saving features reduce radiation exposure to industry-leading levels. The MRI system features faster scanning technology that can shorten a 45-minute MRI examination to as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Shorter scanning times and a wider opening create a better overall patient experience. The CT and MRI services will be available to members in addition to general radiology and ultrasound services offered at Mapunapuna Medical Office.

A group of people in Hawaiian shirts at a ribbon cutting ceremony.
From left: Leavitt Thomas, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii chaplain; Robert Diaz, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii director of Diagnostic Imaging; Dave Underriner, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii; Stacey Honda, MD, medical director, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group; Phyllis Hormann, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii chaplain.

“We’re excited to add CT and MRI services to Mapunapuna Medical Office, one of our largest and most central facilities, making these services more convenient and accessible to our growing membership base,” said Dave Underriner, regional president for Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “Members will now be able to access advanced imaging technology in a quick and comfortable outpatient setting instead of a hospital, giving them greater choice and flexibility when it comes to where and how they receive care.”

Mapunapuna Medical Office offers primary, specialty, and same-day care; outpatient surgery; pharmacy services; and diagnostic imaging to Kaiser Permanente’s more than 250,000 members in Hawaii.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.


Laura Lott