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The Medical Center Adds Breakthrough MR Scanner for Advanced Neurological Studies, Speed, and Patient Comfort

The Medical Center today announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 3.0T from Philips Healthcare.

This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MR scans with a high level of patient comfort. Ingenia 3.0T can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes Ingenia less confining than 60cm MR systems and a more attractive noninvasive imaging option for patients at The Medical Center. In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient’s head entirely out of the opening, creating a better patient experience.

The Ingenia 3.0T incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MR images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body—including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, and organ disease.

“Ingenia 3.0T image quality is excellent and it’s fast. We can perform American College of Radiology recommended routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver in less than 8 minutes, with superb image quality,” said Brian Wallace, MD, Radiologist with The Medical Center. “Access to higher quality images means more informed diagnoses and fewer rescans for our patients.”

Connie Smith, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center, said, “We are proud to be the first in the region to offer this new technology. We have expanded our MRI suite to include both the Ingenia 3.0T and Ingenia 1.5T scanners, providing our patients superior scanning and less wait time for appointments.”

“These two new MRI scanners will provide the region’s most state-of-the-art imaging,” said Clark Bernard, MD, Neurosurgeon with The Medical Center Neurosciences Services. “This will give us cutting edge information on diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain and spine in particular.”