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Published on September 26, 2013

Abington Health Improves Patient Experience with New Magnetic Resonance Imaging System (MRI)

The Open MR System is available at Abington Health’s newest outpatient facility in Blue Bell.

Open MRIBlue Bell, PA (September 26, 2013)—Abington Health today announced that patients and physicians in the region can now access the latest-generation in open MR systems. Not only does this MR system offer physicians high-field image quality for advanced applications, it also features a completely open design that makes getting an MR scan a more positive experience.

Many patients, due to their size or feelings of claustrophobia, prefer open MR systems, and this system features the widest patient opening of any high-field MR system. In fact, it can accommodate patients who weigh up to 550 pounds. And, physicians will appreciate the high-resolution images that enable them to make better diagnoses.

 “The new MR system we have installed has a true, open sandwich design, creating ample space around the patient,” said Paul V. O'Moore, MD, diagnostic services physician manager, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell. “Even with its unique open design, it provides highly detailed images that are far superior to other open systems.  Almost all other open systems are ‘low-field’ which is only 20 to 30 percent the strength of the new system’s magnetic field.”

The staff of the Abington Health Center is pleased to be able to offer this important improvement in healthcare to its patients. For more information, visit www.amh.org/bluebell or call 215-481-EXAM (3926).

About Abington Health

Abington Health is the umbrella organization that encompasses its flagship hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. Abington Health also includes three convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center - Schilling in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center - Warminster in Bucks County and Abington Health Center – Blue Bell in Blue Bell, PA. Together, these facilities serve more than 39,000 inpatients, 134,000 emergency patients and over 653,000 outpatient visits annually.

More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital. Additionally, Abington Health Physicians is an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington Health has more than 6,100 employees, making it one of the largest employers in Montgomery County.

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