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Published on June 25, 2014

Abington Memorial Hospital Adds Breakthrough MRI Scanner to Boost Image Clarity, Exam Speed and Patient Comfort

ABINGTON, PA (June 25, 2014) – Abington Memorial Hospital today announced that patients and physicians now have access to a digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system: the Ingenia 3.0T. This new equipment is now installed at Abington Memorial Hospital.

This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with patient comfort in mind. Ingenia 3.0T can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age and physical condition. This makes the new MRI machine less confining than traditional MR systems and a more attractive noninvasive imaging option for local patients. In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient’s head entirely out of the opening, creating a more comfortable patient experience.

The new MRI machine incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MRI images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body—including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease and organ disease.

“3.0T image quality is excellent and it’s fast. We can perform routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle and liver in less than eight minutes, with superb image quality. It gives our radiologists and referring physicians access to the high-quality images they need to make informed diagnoses. With this machine, our patients experience fast, comfortable exams and the need for fewer re-scans. It’s a win-win for our clinicians and our patients,” said John Breckenridge, MD, chair, Radiology Department at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Abington Health offers a full range of radiology services across the organization at Lansdale Hospital, Abington Health Center – Schilling and Abington Health Center – Warminster.

Abington Health Center – Blue Bell features an open MRI System that can accommodate patients up to 550 pounds. Many patients, due to their size or feelings of claustrophobia, prefer open MRI systems, and this system features the widest patient opening of any high-field MRI system.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and more than 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, home health and maternal/child health.

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