Bryn Mawr, Pa. (April 2006) — Bryn Mawr Hospital's Outpatient Imaging Services is now serving the imaging needs of the community in new, spacious quarters in the Founders Bank Building directly across from the hospital.
From a simple X-ray for a broken bone to an advanced computed tomography (CT) scan to detect cancer, Outpatient Imaging offers state-of-the-art technology and a highly trained technical staff in a convenient location and hours to provide virtually every imaging capability.
"We are thrilled at being able to serve the community with a comprehensive selection of imaging services in one facility," said Emma Simpson, M.D., Campus Chief, Radiology Department at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Medical imaging is an essential diagnostic tool for every physician, and for years Bryn Mawr has provided the area's primary care physicians and specialists reliable and accurate radiology services dedicated to ensuring their patients' well being.
With the opening of the new imaging center in April, Outpatient Imaging closed its facility at 986 Railroad Avenue, which, 20 years ago, housed the Main Line's first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.
The Railroad Avenue MRI scanner, a General Electric 1.5 Tesla HD Excite scanner, was moved to Founders Bank, where it joined two new pieces of equipment—a combination PET/CT scanner and an open bore MRI, which is a true high-field-strength magnet. Other modalities at Founders Bank include ultrasound, fluoroscopy and stand-alone positron emission tomography (PET) and CT scanners.
"There have been enormous technological advances in nuclear scanning, and it's important that we can offer our patients these new services with state-of-the-art equipment," says Simpson.
Outpatient Imaging is also equipped with technology to provide timely test results. A new speech-recognition dictation system eliminates time-consuming tape transcription, and a secure Internet-based connection gives physicians continuous access to radiologic images.
In addition to housing all outpatient imaging equipment in one location, the Founders Bank facility offers upgraded patient amenities, such as free parking, extended hours and easy access.
The radiology service, consisting of board-certified radiologists and technicians certified in their disciplines, is on call around the clock.
Open MRI Joins Excite Technology
The two MRI scanners housed at Outpatient Imaging can accommodate virtually any patient, including individuals for whom a traditional MRI test is difficult because of their age, size or level of anxiety.
Operating with exceptional speed, the GE 1.5 Tesla HD Excite MRI has revolutionized the way radiologists diagnose conditions of the heart and vascular system, stroke, abdominal and brain disorders and even common orthopedic problems. The high-resolution cross-sectional images of moving parts of the body yield diagnostic information up to four times faster than conventional scanners.
For the young and old, claustrophobic or overweight, the new Siemens Open-Bore, 1.5 Tesla MRI offers an exceptional level of patient comfort, eliminating the need to lie very still for a long time in the enclosed tunnel of traditional scanners.
With a bore, or hole, that's nearly 2.3 feet in diameter, the Siemens is roomier, and the power of the magnet significantly reduces the scan time. And, when an MRI of the head is necessary, the open-bore has almost a foot of space between a patient's head and the magnet, compared with approximately three inches in traditional MRI scanners.
Hybrid Technology Enhances Diagnosis and Treatment
Combining the power of PET with CT, the Philips Electronics Gemini PET/CT Scanner with Brilliance 16 Power CT technology is the world's first and only open PET/CT scanner.
The Gemini produces both functional and anatomical images of exceptional quality in one simple procedure, capturing highly detailed views of the body in seconds. It allows a wide range of assessments, such as tracking blood flow in detail through the heart and tumor activity. While PET and CT alone are effective to detect numerous conditions, the ability of the PET/CT to fuse the tests provides complete information on disease location and metabolism.
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