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Most Advanced Clinical MRI Now Available

January 5, 2009

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital acquired a state-of-the-art 3 Tesla (3T) Siemens® magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a 70 cm wide bore and advanced coil technology. This is the first magnet of its type west of the Mississippi River; other centers with this technology include Johns Hopkins and Medical University of South Carolina.

"The state-of-the-art technology will allow us to better help all referring clinicians and their patients by providing faster, more detailed results in an environment that patients will find more comfortable," said Mike Paradise, MD, diagnostic radiologist.

The wider bore will provide more space for patients, which in turn, means the patient will be more at ease. "There are many benefits to the wide bore technology," says Paradise. "Fewer patients need sedation to alleviate claustrophobia." Paradise says that the wide bore size can better accommodate larger patients and allows for patients to be placed in various positions inside the magnet, which also improves patient comfort during the exam.

Moreover, the resolution provided by the system is higher and allows for better detection. "The new technology allows faster scans with higher resolution and detailed imaging to evaluate small structures such as ligaments and cartilage," says Paradise.

The system will also provide broader benefits to clinical providers since it comes with specialized software and coils to assist in oncology, neurology, cardiology and orthopedic specialized exams.

Another feature of the technology is Siemens advanced coil technology which are similar to 'antennae' that listen and capture magnetic proton signals allowing for more efficient and easier patient throughput—a benefit to both the patient and technologist. The coil technology also allows for multi-exam planning during a single session, without undue inconvenience to the patient. These coils are immensely useful in generating images of organs and soft tissue.

"We're able to generate very high resolution breast MRI using the new seven channel breast coil," explains Paradise. And that's good news for patients who will receive a comfortable exam experience and the assurance that the diagnosis is the most accurate possible.

Paradise applauds Bozeman Deaconess for procuring the most up-to-date technology with the most unique advantages for its patients.
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