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National Park Medical Center has acquired the latest in MR technology by installing the new Vantage TitanTM from Canon Medical Systems, the hospital said in a news release.

The new open-bore of the 1.5T Vantage Titan MR system is 18 percent larger than other 1.5T systems on the market and features a large 71-centimeter patient aperture, outstanding image quality, and the largest available clinical field-of-view, providing the highest level of patient care and diagnostic capability in MR imaging, the release said.

"The Canon Medical Systems Vantage Titan is a dramatic improvement over traditional open-bore 1.5T MR systems, as it offers the largest and widest bore available with a significant reduction in noise," said Paulette Johnson, director of Medical Imaging, National Park Medical Center.

"The Vantage Titan's large clinical FOV is unique for this bore size and produces high-quality images without compromising quality of images or overall imaging performance. In addition, the Vantage Titan's bore size offers more space for patients inside the machine and limits MR acoustic noise using Canon Medical Systems' patented Pianissimo technology, which creates a better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia."

An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, scan is a test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to make detailed pictures inside the body. A doctor can use this test to diagnose you or to see how well a patient has responded to treatment. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, an MRI doesn't use radiation. There are many reasons that patients are referred for an MRI scan, including injury to muscle, ligament or cartilage; weakness, numbness or tingling; ongoing pain or pain that has not improved with treatment; following discovery of a lump; fluid buildup, swelling or redness of a joint; dislocated or locked joint; infertility; abnormal findings from an X-ray or CT scan; post-surgical follow-up; and digestive problems.

"We are excited about what this new technology means for our patients here at NPMC," said Johnson. "We do a high volume of MRIs, as ordered by physicians, and not only will this new technology make the imaging experience more comfortable, the images will also be superior."

The new MRI is also changing locations at NPMC, and will be located just inside the emergency department patient walk-in entrance. As an added convenience, outpatient MRI guests will register in the Emergency Department, so that their entire MRI experience will be in one convenient location from arrival to testing to departure.

The Vantage Titan's patient-focused features significantly improve patient comfort and increase the range of patients who can be imaged with MR. The open bore provides a greater feeling of openness for the patient, and its patented technology dramatically reduces acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during an MR exam.

Toshiba Medical's new MR Theater offers an immersive virtual experience for patients, putting them at ease and allowing clinicians to complete MR exams quickly with high-quality images.

Patients undergoing MR exams will find a relaxing environment with Toshiba Medical's new MR Theater. Creating an immersive virtual experience for patients, the new MR Theater gives patients a visual focal point to distract them from the exam, encouraging them to relax and stay still, enabling clinicians to produce efficient, high-quality imaging, said Paulette Johnson, director of Medical Imaging.

Canon Medical Systems has proprietary, contrast-free MRA techniques -- Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA), Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) and Time and Space Angiography (TSA). Contrast-free imaging is particularly important in MR Imaging due to sometimes related risks with gadolinium, which is contrast used for MR exams.

Business on 03/04/2019

Print Headline: National Park Medical Center offers new and improved MRI technology

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