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Springs Memorial upgrades its MRI; says patients will benefit

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By The Staff

Springs Memorial Hospital has updated the software of its MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system to a high-definition and highly enhanced version.  

The Signa EXCITE 1.5T HD system provides doctors at Springs Memorial with highly detailed pictures of anatomy and pathology to help them evaluate a wide range of conditions, including stroke, muscoskelatal and heart disease.

“Now with our new updated high definition MRI system software, Springs Memorial is able to capture dramatic images of our patients, reminiscent of high-definition television,” said Tom R. McDougal Jr., the hospital’s chief executive officer. “This new system provides our physicians with outstanding image quality for a more confident diagnosis and less likelihood of re-scans, even in the most challenging circumstances,” The scanner features GE’s leading edge EXCITE data management platform. This enables Springs Memorial to offer patients more sophisticated exams, such as functional imaging and spectroscopy.”

The high-definition MRI scanner is built precisely to handle the types of studies that are becoming increasingly important in the diagnosis of disease.

“We get more information to diagnose disease while patients experience a shorter, more comfortable exam,” McDougal said. “Plus, patients can take advantage of this advanced health care technology right here in the community of Lancaster.”

The Signa EXCITE 1.5T HD system provides Springs Memorial Hospital’s physicians with unprecedented imaging speed and clarity in cases where patients are difficult to image due to movement, including Parkinson’s patients who suffer from uncontrollable patient motion and children who do not respond to sedation.

During a typical MR scan, a patient is asked to remain still for the exam. Even if a patient is cooperative, they can blur a scan with a slight movement, including a cough or sneeze. This movement can hide important details, make the doctor’s job of diagnosing the situation more challenging, or require a re-scan – sometimes up to 25 percent of the time with conventional MRI scanners.  

Springs Memorial is now able to offer its patients advanced capabilities and entirely new applications that are only available with HDMR, such as:

u Brain imaging with uncompromised image quality, despite patient motion

u Evaluation of diabetic patients for low blood flow to the lower legs to capture high-resolution detail all the way down into the critical vessels of the foot  

u Extremely high-resolution images in the abdomen, for liver exams with shorter breath holds and better organ coverage than previously possible

u  Complete a full cardiac exam in just 2 minutes without the need for breath holding – which makes it easy for even the sickest patients

“In addition, our physicians are able to offer the most comprehensive breadth of MR procedures in the Lancaster area, providing optimal diagnostic capabilities for the assessment of the brain, spine, prostate, abdomen, and pelvis, as well as perform orthopedic procedures on the elbow, wrist, hip and ankle,” said Mike Smith, director of radiological services at Springs Memorial.    

MRI uses computers and magnetic fields, rather than X-rays, to capture images of the human body.

“Springs  Memorial’s  updated high definition MR system produce images of amazing clarity and detail. It’s what attracted us to the GE system.” Smith said. “We know that we’ll get superior images, even in the most difficult cases. And that means better patient care for our patients.”

Springs Memorial Hospital is a 231-bed, all-private, acute-care hospital located on a 20-acre campus.

The hospital has more than 120 physicians on staff representing more than 28 medical specialties, and is accredited by The Joint Commission, the industry’s leading organization for health-care quality and performance standards.