March 5, 2012 — The first GE Healthcare Discovery MR750w 3.0T scanner to be installed in the United States has arrived at Bay Ridge Medical Imaging (BRMI) in Brooklyn, N.Y. The first of its kind in the country, it offers a wide-range of advanced clinical functionality and image quality, and is designed to be patient friendly with the goal of transforming the patient experience for those who find a traditional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uncomfortable or intimidating.
The Discovery MR750w 3.0T system allows greater use of feet-first scanning, although headfirst scanning remains a viable choice. Introducing a larger, 70 cm patient ‘bore’ (the area where the person lies to be scanned), it accommodates patients who are usually difficult to scan, such as those who are elderly, very young, or those who are in pain and require a larger system. A detachable table equipped with comfort tilt to help better position the head and neck during brain or spinal exams is intended to improve comfort, which in turn may help reduce patient movement and thus enhance image quality. The table’s portability means positioning in another room is an option.
According to BRMI medical director Shahrokh Abiri, M.D., “the goal of our imaging centers is provide the utmost in patient care and one way to accomplish this goal is by transforming what could be a stressful MRI exam into a comfortable, stress-free experience. We pride ourselves in offering our patients the latest advancements in technology and that’s one of the reasons we are so pleased to introduce this system to our patients. This new GE Healthcare scanner is not only a sleek, ergonomically-friendly design, our patients feel more comfortable which means they are better able to lie still during the scan and as a result our radiologists are more likely to get uncompromised quality images quickly.”
The system’s radio frequency (RF) signal reception system — the part of the MRI scanner that makes the images possible — includes a new integrated, lighter weight, and higher performance RF coil architecture (in comparison to previous generation GE Healthcare systems) designed to facilitate image quality and examination speed. Using thinner flexible materials designed to accommodate a variety of body types, this helps facilitate easier patient positioning. The ergonomic lightweight geometry embracing method (GEM) coil system is also designed to impact the experience for technologists, as they don’t have to manipulate bulky and heavy coils. In turn, this may help improve workflow and allow for hospitals to scan patients more quickly.
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