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Published on December 01, 2008

Mercy to offer new, higher-resolution diagnostic imaging

CEDAR RAPIDS-The Radiology Department at Mercy Medical Center, in conjunction with MR Associates, is expanding to offer the latest in imaging with the new 3Tesla (3T) MRI system - the most advanced magnetic MRI technology available. The 3T combines the most sophisticated diagnostic capabilities with an easy to enter patient-friendly design.

On Dec. 2 at 8 a.m., the new 3T MRI system will be lowered into place by an overhead crane through an opening in the roof of the newly expanded Radiology Department.  The 3T, which contains a heavy, high-end magnet, will be housed in a sophisticated copper-lined room where the new imaging technology will be utilized.    

The 3T's new larger bore design allows the delivery of high-field imaging to more patients than before as it especially geared for individuals who are claustrophobic or obese.  Featuring the highest magnet strength used in a clinical setting, the 3T is ideal for a variety of assessments, including neurodiagnostic, orthopaedic, breast and vascular.

The 3T MRI not only is stronger, it also is faster than lower tesla MRI scanners, thereby reducing scanning time for some procedures.

This new imaging equipment complements the newly-upgraded 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner, which offers extraordinary clarity. Also housed in the new department are two CT scanners and an ultrasound unit to round out the full spectrum of imaging services.

Adding the 3T MRI is part of an upgrading and renovation project at Mercy designed to provide the highest levels of imaging available, all conveniently located near the renovated Emergency Department and Fast Track.

Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids both acquired the larger bore 3T MRI system this month.  They, along with Des Moines Methodist, are the only hospitals in the state to have it. 

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