Lawrence Memorial Hospital has acquired the latest in MR technology by installing the new Vantage TitanTM from Canon.
“The Canon Vantage Titan is a dramatic improvement over traditional open-bore 1.5T MR systems, as it offers the largest and widest bore available with a significant reduction in noise,” said Josh Conlee, president of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
The new wide-bore of the 1.5T Vantage Titan MR system is 18 percent larger than other 1.5T systems on the market and features a large 71-centimeter patient aperture, outstanding homogeneity, and the largest available clinical field-of-view (FOV) of 55 x 55 x 50 centimeters, providing the highest level of patient care and diagnostic capability in MR imaging.
“The Vantage Titan’s large clinical FOV is unique for this bore size and produces high-quality images without compromising homogeneity or overall imaging performance,” Conlee said. “In addition, the Vantage Titan’s bore size offers more space for patients inside the machine and limits MR acoustic noise using Canon’s patented PianissimoTM technology, which creates a better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia.”
The Vantage Titan’s patient-focused features significantly improve patient comfort and increase the range of patients who can be imaged with MR. The wide bore provides a greater feeling of openness for the patient, and Canon’s patented Pianissimo technology dramatically reduces acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during an MR exam.
The Vantage Titan MR system also takes advantage of Canon’s proprietary, contrast-free MRA techniques – Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA), Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) and Time and Space Angiography (TSA).
Contrast-free imaging is particularly important because gadolinium, the most common contrast agent used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) exams, has been directly linked to a sometimes fatal disease that occurs in patients with renal insufficiency, called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD).
“Since Lawrence Memorial Hospital opened its doors more than 60 years ago, the hospital has shown a commitment to implementing state of the art equipment, services and community programs that improve the quality of life for Lawrence County families,” Conlee said. “We feel it is necessary to take these extra steps towards making our “home” a better place.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the upgraded facility was held Tuesday afternoon in partnership with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.