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The Medical Center at Franklin Introduces Significant Upgrades to Diagnostic Services with New MRI

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Medical Center at Franklin announces the addition of Hitachi’s Echelon 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, offering physicians and the community access to the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques currently available in the healthcare industry.

The Echelon provides broad clinical capabilities to meet the demand of today’s diagnostic imaging professionals. Scan time has been decreased by at least 50 percent, and the opening has been shortened and widened, reducing anxiety in claustrophobic patients. The extremely high image quality allows for increased diagnostic confidence. In addition, it has a friendly, accommodating design that caters to patients and allows 70 percent of all scans to be done feet first. The Echelon is much larger than conventional MRIs, and it accommodates patients up to 500 pounds. “The Medical Center at Franklin is pleased to introduce advances that make the patient the top priority,” said Clara Sumner, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center at Franklin. “We value this advanced technology, especially when it supports a more comfortable patient environment.”

The Echelon combines comfort advantages with powerful technology and a lightning-fast workstation computer to make patient exams as smooth as possible. Its imaging power is further boosted by an array of anatomically-specific, optimized receiver coils that allow advanced imaging applications in fields such as vascular, orthopaedic, neurological, and women’s health. MRI is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical evaluation of traumatic injuries, cardiac malformations, tumor detection, eye abnormalities, and many more conditions. Unlike conventional MRIs, the Echelon contains scanning features that compensate for motion, effectively scanning patients who are unable to remain immobile.