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New MRI at DeTar improves scanning, patient diagnosis ability

By JR Ortega
Jan. 18, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.


A new MRI System at DeTar Healthcare System gives the Crossroads just one more option when it comes to patient healthcare.

The MRI is the Panorama High Field Open from Philips Healthcare, and offers higher quality imaging as well as an open design for larger or claustrophobic patients, said Dr. Silvestre Ortiz, a radiologist at DeTar Hospital Navarro.

"It's the largest open MRI in town," said Dr. Santiago Marroquin, also a radiologist at DeTar.

The system itself is the widest opening of any high-field MRI system.

DeTar completed its first month with the MRI.

Both radiologists said the high-quality images produced by its 1.5 Tesla-like magnet has improved the ability to read scans.

The lower quality the image, the easier it is to miss something.

Also, the MRI is located feet away from the hospital's emergency room, which is helpful with stroke patients, who need to be scanned as quickly as possible.

Citizens Medical Center has several MRIs as well, each have GE 1.5 Tesla's but are closed MRIs, said Shannon Spree, spokeswoman with Citizens Medical Center.

The radiologists feel the technology is a great addition to the medical community as a whole.

"It is a good benefit for the community," Marroquin said.

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