St. David’s Medical Center recently acquired a new, leading-edge Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system, the Discovery MR750w 3T®, which provides patients with faster results and added comfort. An MRI is a diagnostic test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to take highly detailed, three-dimensional images of the human body, and it is used to detect a range of diseases, including breast cancer. In a 2014 study by the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, researchers found the use of a 3T magnet improved the cancer detection rate among those being screened for breast cancer. The higher magnetic field allows for better visualization and characterization of enhancing lesions, which may improve detection of breast cancers.
The magnetic field produced by this type of MRI machine yields exceptional anatomical detail and has been proven to detect diseases earlier due to its significant imaging quality. With the ability to capture higher-detailed images, physicians have the ability to make more accurate diagnoses.
The Discovery MR750w 3T has a full 50x50x50-centimeter field of view that enables users to reduce exam time and scan large anatomies with fewer scans. It is also wider and larger in size than most MRI machines, with a 70-centimeter-wide bore that allows for additional comfort during the scan experience. Outfitted with soft, flexible coils, the machine is designed to help alleviate pressure points for a more relaxed exam.
The Discovery MR750w 3T is also equipped with the Caring MR Suite®, which allows the patient to personalize their exam by syncing video, music and lighting from an iPad during the scan.
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