News | November 12, 2014

St. Mary’s Health Care System Expands Cardiac Imaging With New MRI System

Upgrade promises improved cardiac services for entire Athens, Ga., region

November 12, 2014 — St. Mary’s Health Care System installed two Vantage Titan 1.5T MR (magnetic resonance) systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. St. Mary’s utilizes the systems to enhance its cardiac imaging program and for advanced imaging studies that include myocardial perfusion and stress MR.

“Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR systems have allowed us to push the needle forward by improving our cardiac services so that nearby cardiology groups can feel confident in referring their patients to St. Mary’s,” said Jeff Brown, R.T., director, radiology and cardiovascular services, St. Mary’s Health Care System.

“In order to build a state-of-the-art cardiac imaging program, cardiac MRI capability is crucial, and Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR systems exceeded our expectations with image quality,” said Erick Avelar, M.D., medical director of cardiac MRI and CT (computed tomography), Oconee Heart & Vascular Center, St. Mary’s Health Care System, who started the cardiac MRI program in Athens, Ga. “Additionally, no matter the clinician skill level, exam times and operator errors have reduced significantly with Toshiba’s CardioLine.”  

As the official healthcare provider for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, St. Mary’s also uses the Titan 1.5T MR systems for musculoskeletal and body imaging of injured athletes.

The Titan 1.5T offers patient-friendly features, including a 71-cm bore and feet-first exams to reduce claustrophobia. Toshiba’s exclusive Pianissimo noise-reduction technology, advanced non-contrast imaging, integrated coils and M-Power user interface make the system easier to use for the clinician and more comfortable for the patient. CardioLine is a fully automated cardiac positioning alignment tool that automatically detects anatomical landmarks for accurate and reproducible positioning to complete alignment of six standard cardiac views without any operator interaction. 

For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com

 

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