3T MRI Provides Expanded Imaging Options
The 3 Tesla (3T) GE MRI is a high field MRI that provides better detection of subtle lesions and clearer views of arteries and veins, often without the need for contrast injections. Typical procedures conducted with 3T MRI include neurological scans and musculoskeletal exams. It also has the ability to provide exceptional images of the prostate.
Mather will continue to operate its high field 1.5T MRI, still the preferred platform for breast imaging and also used for patients who require sedation by the anesthesia team. Additionally, certain medical implants, such as stents, cannot be exposed to the higher magnet of the 3T and patients with such implants are best assessed in the 1.5T.
“With the addition of the 3T MRI, Mather Hospital offers patients, referring physicians and radiologists a comprehensive range of imaging options seven days a week,” said Michael Burghardt, Administrative Director of Imaging Services. “The clarity and speed offered by the two MRIs provides improved patient care, which is always our goal.”
The new unit, which can accommodate patients up to 350 pounds, is approximately 25 percent faster than a 1.5 Tesla system and its motion correction feature results in better images for patients who are unable to fully be still during the exams. A new imaging technique can provide a whole body scan that can be used for lymphoma patients to assess lesions on organs outside the lymph nodes.
Mather Hospital’s MRI program has earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology, which evaluates staff qualifications, quality control, MR safety policies and image quality.
The MRI department is open seven days a week: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-10 pm; Saturday, 7:30 am-8 pm; and Sunday, 8 am-4 pm.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather also has received five consecutive top “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety, and was ranked among the top hospitals in New York State by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals.