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From caskets to CT machines, beefing up for big bodies

Medical services, funeral homes buy larger equipment for obese

Dr. Eric Wagle (front of MRI) of SRPC Medical Imaging, talks to client while being powered into MRI at the medical arts building. Joe Pepe, MRI Technologist is seen at left.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Dr. Eric Wagle (front of MRI) of SRPC Medical Imaging, talks to client while being powered into MRI at the medical arts building. Joe Pepe, MRI Technologist is seen at left.
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As Americans’ waistlines continue to expand, efforts to accommodate the obese population are growing as well. Bigger bodies need larger, sturdier equipment, ranging in scope from waiting room chairs to caskets, and local service providers are making moves to ensure they are well prepared to serve the growing number of plus-size clients. On March 4, Ellis Medicine relocated its Bariatric Care Center, which offers a surgical weight loss program, to a new facility in Niskayuna. ...


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