St. John’s Medical Center is hosting an open house to showcase the
new MRI—and newly designed MRI suite—on Wednesday, June 19
from 4 to 6 pm. Staff will be on hand to discuss the new MRI scanner as
well as additional state-of-the-art equipment, such as CT, ultrasound,
mammography, nuclear medicine and more. The event will take place in the
Diagnostic Imaging Department at the hospital.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) exams—non-invasive diagnostic imaging
exams of soft tissue, bone and muscles—have become one of the fastest
growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States. With St.
John’s recent installation of the MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T Open Bore
MRI system, patients can now experience faster, more comfortable exams.
The addition of this new MRI scanner to St. John’s Diagnostic Imaging
department will support a complete range of clinical applications, including
breast imaging, neurology, orthopedics, body imaging, angiography, cardiology,
and oncology. “St. John’s has made a huge commitment to excellence
in medical imaging for our community and surrounding communities by purchasing
this new MRI scanner,” said Richard Ofstein, MD, a radiologist at
“The MRI scanning experience will be greatly improved by the more
open environment of the scanner itself and faster scan times, while providing
the best possible quality images possible. I commend the Board of Trustees
and St. John’s administration for their decision to support this
project,” Ofstein said.
In addition to the MRI, St. John's purchased the Hologic Sentinelle
Breast MRI Coil and Aegis 3D Visualization Software to provide very high
resolution imaging to aid radiologists in the detection and characterization
of breast cancer. The unit’s Unique Variable Coil Geometry provides
minimally invasive access for biopsies and offers enhanced patient comfort,
and the new software aids the radiologist interpreting the exam.
Benefits of the MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T Open Bore
The MAGNETOM Aera from Siemens Healthcare offers doctors an array of diagnostic
possibilities and provides patients with a more comfortable experience.
Like all MRIs, the MAGNETOM Aera uses magnets that are measured in Tesla
(T) to acquire images. At 1.5T, the MAGNETOM Aera offers superb image
quality that may be used for a wide range of medical needs¬—from
orthopedic and sports-related injuries to breast cancer testing—and
can help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses.
The MAGNETOM Aera is the most patient-friendly system on the market. A
large 70-cm open bore—the tube-like structure where the patient
lies during the imaging process—can accommodate larger patients
than was possible with the previous unit. Additionally, the bore’s
ultra-short length (145 cm) can help to alleviate concerns of feeling
closed in, since many exams can be performed with the patient’s
head outside of the bore.
The system is equipped with two exclusive Siemens technologies: Tim™
4G (fourth generation of Total imaging matrix technology) and Dot (Day
optimizing throughput) to improve the entire MRI workflow and deliver
patient-centered care. The results are faster, more comfortable exams
St. John’s Medical Center’s MAGNETOM Aera was installed in
May 2013 and goes into service in mid-June. In addition to the installation
of the Aera, the entire MRI suite was redesigned to be more welcoming,
with hardwood floors, soft lighting and an “illusion of the sky”
ceiling to provide the patient with a sense of open space.
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