Doctor making notes on MRI scans while holding a voice recorder.

McLeod Dillon Announces a Open MRI System

McLeod Dillon has the General Electric (GE) Signa Ovation .35t Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system.

McLeod Health Open MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique used by physicians to visualize the internal structure and function of the body by using a powerful magnetic field to construct an image of the body. An MRI enables physicians to offer improved patient care through more accurate and efficient diagnoses. By enabling physicians at McLeod Dillon to better view the internal structure of the body through high quality diagnostic imaging, superior patient treatment is available.

The GE Ovation system was chosen with patient comfort and quality of imaging in mind. It has four and a half feet of open patient space.

The openness of the unit greatly lowers patient anxiety, especially for those who are claustrophobic. Also, to make the MRI suite more patient-friendly and to further relieve patient nervousness, a large window with an outside view was included.

The Open MRI unit includes pulse sequences once only offered by higher-field, closed MRI systems. Pulse sequences reduce scan time, but increase diagnostic image quality. For patients with breathing problems or those with difficulty holding their breath, this shorter scan time is important for image quality.

The convenience for physicians in scheduling patients daily with an Open MRI in-house is one of the biggest advantages of the system. In addition, patients enjoy having a state-of-the-art Open MRI system locally and not having to travel out of the area for this service.



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