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June 2011
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The Latest MRI Technology Now Available at NCH

Northwest Community Hospital's (NCH) department of Imaging Services is committed to providing medical staff members with high quality imaging that aids in diagnosing and/or managing the health of your patients. With that goal in mind, NCH recently advanced its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities by adding GE Healthcare's Discovery MR750 3.0T to its fleet of MRI scanners.

"The 3T MRI scanner represents the latest in MRI technology," says Bob Wisniewski, director of Imaging Services. "It delivers fast and highly accurate reproducible scans in high definition, giving doctors the ability to see smaller structures with unmatched clarity."

The most important advantage of 3T MRI systems is an increased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) as compared to other MRI systems. The higher SNR shortens image acquisition times and produces images with higher spatial resolution, thereby improving image quality that allows for more confident diagnoses.

In fact, with the addition of the 3T MRI, Northwest Community is able to extend high quality MRI services to a wider range of patient populations, ultimately meeting the diagnostic needs of more physicians such as gastroenterologists, surgeons and oncologists.

The 3T MRI delivers high resolution, thin-slice imaging with increased sensitivity that can detect smaller lesions throughout the entire body including the breast, pancreas and liver. The new scanner also allows NCH to provide:

  • Perfusion imaging
  • Advanced angiographic techniques
  • Superior musculoskeletal imaging
  • Prostate MRI not requiring an endorectal coil
  • Spectroscopy for imaging/analyzing abnormal brain tissue

Wisniewski adds that the benefits of installing a 3T MRI at the Hospital extend to the patient, too. "Improved comfort of the 3T MRI and shortened exam times for routine studies contribute to an enhanced patient experience," he says. "We're excited to offer physicians the enhanced imaging that can lead to improved diagnoses and better patient care."

The new 3T MRI scanner is located at the Hospital and is joined by two 1.5T MRI scanners. NCH also offers MRI services at several of its other locations that provide outpatient lab and imaging services:

  • 1450 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove
    (1.5T MRI scanner)
  • 519 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg
    (Open MRI)
  • 1051 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights
    (Open MRI)
  • Coming Soon: 199 W. Rand Road, Mount Prospect
    (Large Bore 1.5T MRI)

For more information regarding 3T imaging at NCH, please contact a radiologist in Imaging Services at 847.618.5850.

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