Centennial Medical Center Adds Open Bore MRI
February 03, 2009
Centennial Medical Center has added an open bore, 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to its technology offerings used to help diagnose possible illness and injury. Centennial is the only area hospital using an open MRI of this kind on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
“This new scanner combines high-field power with unprecedented patient comfort,” said Wayne Reid, Centennial’s vice president of imaging services. “This is important because patients who are comfortable are better able to limit their movement, which allows for a more accurate image.”
The new scanner can accommodate patients up to 550 lbs., compared to 350 lbs. with closed high-field MRI designs. The bore opening of 2.3 feet in diameter eliminates the confinement and discomfort of traditional MRI designs, easing feelings of claustrophobia in patients.
Centennial’s new open MRI system offers almost one foot of free space between a patient’s head and the magnet, offering the patient a similar experience to a CT scan exam. The open MRI features the shortest magnet in the industry, which at only 4 feet long allows for more than 60 percent of exams to be completed with the patient's head outside the bore.
Open MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays) or iodinated contrast agents and is non-invasive. Using MRI, physicians can obtain images from different angles and create moving images. This allows for better assessment of anatomy compared to other imaging techniques.
Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA’s TriStar Health System®, is a 665-bed tertiary facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). For more information about Centennial Medical Center, call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or 800-242-5662.