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Orange Regional Medical Center Installs Open Bore MRI

March 28, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center has installed a new Open Bore, 1.5 Tesla, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system. This new technology combines a larger bore, or opening, and can capture top-quality diagnostic images. A wider range of area patients will benefit from this new service.

This is going to increase our efficiency and patient convenience,” says Gene Bernieri, director, Diagnostic Imaging. “The patient-friendly design of this MRI will make it easier to have an MRI examination that produces higher quality images. This will potentially reduce the need to repeat and interrupt exams.”

Prior to this advanced technology, medically obese patients who could not fit inside the bore of a high-field MRI magnet had image studies done in open MRI systems with low-field magnets. This limited the diagnostic usefulness of the images obtained. The strength of a magnet is measured in units of Tesla. Orange Regional’s new MRI system has a high Tesla magnet, meaning that images produced will be superior to those of a lower Tesla magnet.

The new MRI installed at Orange Regional Medical Center is great for claustrophobic patients with an opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter and approximately one foot of free space between a patient’s head and the magnet. The MRI also features the shortest 1.5 Tesla magnet available allowing more than 60 percent of exams to be completed with the patient’s head outside of the bore. These important features mean that virtually all claustrophobic patients can be scanned in comfort.

This new MRI system brings a greater level of technology to the area, ensuring that all patients will benefit from this addition to Orange Regional Medical Center. To schedule your test with the Open Bore MRI, call 1-866-ORMC-TEST (866-676-2837).

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