Schneck Medical Center Unveils Advanced MRI Technology

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Schneck Medical Center is excited to announce the installation of new scanning technology that combines the latest advancements in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with patient comfort features. The new GE MRI scanner system is the most sophisticated 1.5T MRI in the area.

The MRI features a larger and more open tunnel that patients lie in to receive their MRI scan. It also includes Caring Suite technology. Caring Suite creates a unique environment that is customizable to the patient and uses images, sounds and lights to create a more relaxing and soothing atmosphere.

“We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art technology to our community, who will benefit significantly from its enhanced imaging capabilities and patient-friendly features,” says Rita Hollen, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Schneck. “The Caring Suite technology, which is the first of its kind in the area and one of only a few in the world, offers a more comfortable, less clinical environment for patients needing an MRI.”

The new scanner has a larger opening and a longer patient table – both of which can better accommodate larger and heavier patients (up to 500 pounds) while providing a less-confining space for the patient during the exam. The enhanced computer processing software used by the new scanner is GE’s latest, producing exceptional image quality that better details a patient’s anatomy for doctors to evaluate.

“Our new MRI makes it easier for patients of all sizes and types to have testing performed, including those with claustrophobia, by making them more comfortable during the scan,” adds Hollen.

“This is the future of MRI technology right here in our area,” says Dr. LeAnn Stidham, radiologist at Schneck. “The Caring Suite technology fosters a calming environment in the clinical procedure room, which is truly revolutionary and will benefit the patients in our communities tremendously.”