News | March 06, 2012

Philips helps North Carolina hospital differentiate itself with Ingenia 3.0T digital MR

The Ingenia 3.0T digital broadband MR system.

March 6, 2012 — Philips is installing an Ingenia 3.0T MR at CarolinaEast Medical Center; a 350-bed, full service facility located in New Bern, N.C., which provides leading edge diagnostic and therapeutic services to more than 185,000 patients each year.

Realizing the need to perform better, faster magnetic resonance (MR) scanning — especially on larger patients — clinicians recently began searching for a new addition to strengthen MR offerings at the medical center. Philips Ingenia, the first-ever digital broadband MR solution that delivers a new standard in image clarity prompted a team to travel to Houston to see the system in action. The team then decided to bring the technology to North Carolina.

“While we currently offer, and will continue to offer 1.5T MR, selecting a high field strength MR like Philips’ Ingenia 3.0T helps us accomplish two goals: maintaining our patient focus with the ability to increase diagnostic confidence, and giving the hospital a competitive edge,” said Rick Fisher, director of imaging services, CarolinaEast. “Having a 3.0T onsite will help us provide enhanced image quality in both outpatient and inpatient settings.”

Prioritizing patient needs, clinicians at CarolinaEast say they chose Ingenia not just for its image quality, but also due to its 70-centimeter bore and large scan field of view. The large opening will allow them to handle scanning various parts of the body and accommodate more patient types since it can fit people who have high body mass indexes (BMI). CarolinaEast is the only medical center in the eastern part of North Carolina to purchase the Philips technology.     

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