High Resolution MR Imaging
TBSI – Imaging has recently installed the first 3Tesla Magnet MRI approved for clinical use in the region. The new MRI is a tool to help physicians improve the accuracy of diagnoses and treatments of broad categories of diseases including stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, and other musculoskeletal and heart diseases.
With a magnet strength of 3 Tesla, or 3T, the new MRI is the most powerful scanner available to patients today in routine clinical use. MRIs use a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of anatomy.
CHI St. Joseph Health has also completed installation of a Siemens Magnetom Avanto MRI scanner to enable radiologists to quickly obtain high-resolution images, helping physicians at TBSI diagnose and treat patients more effectively. The Avanto system has features specifically designed to assess brain injury in stroke patients, and to conduct non-invasive cardiac diagnostics on patients with possible heart problems. The short bore of the MRI gives it a much more open feeling, which reduces the claustrophobic feeling patients can have during an MRI exam. Additionally, the Avanto is very quiet, making the comfort level much higher for patients.