WRMC has a New MRI Machine


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Wilkes Regional Medical Center has acquired the latest in MR technology by completing the installation of the new Vantage Titan from Toshiba. The new “open-bore” of the 1.5T Vantage Titan MR system “provides a 35% increase in imaging area, resulting in a significantly enhanced patient experience”, proclaims Jack McLarney M.D., Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Wilkes Regional Medical Center and CEO of Valley Radiology Associates. Dr McLarney goes on to say “ in conjunction with Wilkes Regional Medical Center, we are proud to be able to provide a substantial enhancement to the current MR imaging services for the patients in Wilkes County and surrounding region with the first high field strength open-bore magnet in the area.”

“The Toshiba Vantage Titan is a dramatic improvement over traditional open-bore MR systems, as it offers the largest and widest bore available for high field strength “MR imaging” said Ryan K. Greene, Director of Imaging Services, Wilkes Regional Medical Center. The high field strength of the Titan 1.5 Tesla is associated with greater accuracy of imaging than existent low field strength open magnets already operating in the Western Carolina Region. “The Vantage Titan's large clinical “field of view” is unique for this bore size and produces high-quality images without compromising detail or overall imaging performance. The Vantage Titan's bore size offers more space for patients inside the machine.
“In addition there is a significant reduction in noise. The Vantage Titan significantly reduces the amount of noise using Toshiba's patented Pianissimo technology, which creates a better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia.” Mr. Greene goes on to say, “further more, with this new technology, it is the quietest MR scanner in the market.”

The Vantage Titan MR system also takes advantage of Toshiba's proprietary contrast-free MR angiography techniques- Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA), Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-Slip) and Time and Space Angiography (TSA). Dr. McLarney states
 “contrast-free imaging is important for patient safety and cost because gadolinium- the most common contrast agent used for MRI and MRA exams, is an additional cost to both the patient and the hospital, as well as the patient avoids intravenous injections during the study.”

Technical training has been conducted over the last two weeks and the new MRI will be in full use beginning Monday, Greene said. All patient MRI needs should be accomplished with the utilization of these technical, highly advanced, improvements brought to our facility by the Vantage Titan MR scanner he said.

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