Parkway Medical Center Announces The Addition Of A New High-Definition Magnetic Resonance SystemSeptember 1, 2011
Parkway Medical Center has incorporated a remarkable diagnostic tool for helping physicians reach confident diagnoses to provide the best patient care. The Signa HDe 1.5T MR system from GE Healthcare delivers highly detailed images of the human body with high speed, excellent resolution and unique applications. According to Tim McGill, Parkway CEO, “This incredible technology provides quick exams and great comfort for patients, while providing high diagnostic confidence for doctors”.
“Some patients can present special challenges when undergoing MR testing,” says Stacey Miller, Director of Radiology at Parkway Medical Center. “Now, even those who are the most difficult to examine with conventional MR approaches can be easily imaged and diagnosed.”
“One feature of the Signa HDe 1.5T MR system is the ability to do dual breast scanning,” Stacey Miller adds. “In the time it normally takes to image just one breast, we can now image both breasts simultaneously. The system also tolerates patient motion very well during brain scans, which reduces retakes.”
“The addition of the Signa HDe 1.5T MR system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that Parkway Medical Center offers residents of Morgan County,” said Dr. Ann Bignault, Diagnostic Radiologist. “It provides us with excellent image quality and imaging speed, and enhances the overall diagnostic confidence we have in all of our studies.”
The Signa HDe 1.5T MR system is the latest evolution of GE Healthcare’s long line of MR innovations. Originally developed in the late 1970s, from discoveries made in the 1940s, MR scans combine the power of magnetic and radio frequency fields, allowing physicians to view the tissue structure of internal anatomy without exploratory surgery.
MR exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The GE Signa HDe 1.5T MR system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas, such as the head, abdomen and chest, including detailed imaging of the vascular system and major organs.
For more information about MR services at Parkway Medical Center call 256.350.2211.
About Parkway Medical Center
Serving the Morgan County area for more than 80 years, Parkway Medical Center is a 120-bed acute-care hospital, fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospital provides 24-hour Emergency Care, Intensive Care, Medical/Surgical Care and Surgical Services ranging from minimally invasive to Urologic, Orthopedic, Gynecological and Bariatric. Other services include Mammography, Diagnostic Imaging, Bone Densitometry, an Obstetrics Unit with birthing rooms, Pediatrics, Respiratory and comprehensive Lab Services. Parkway has been recognized as a Top 100 Hospital™ by the 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index™. Ranked #28 in the nation, this means in a study of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, Parkway is among the top 1% of hospitals in providing extraordinary healthcare at great value.