Hospital Brings Next-Level MRI to Glens Falls Region

08/06/18

New Imaging System Provides Higher-Quality Images for Doctors, Greater Comfort, Less Confinement for Patients


GLENS FALLS, NY — Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most valuable tools available to doctors today for the diagnosis of neurological, orthopedic, and cancer conditions.

Now, Glens Falls Hospital has taken that value to the next level with the addition of a new, enhanced MRI system that offers higher-quality images, faster exam times and greater patient comfort and convenience, particularly for people bothered by feelings of claustrophobia.

The hospital invested more than $1.5 million to purchase and install the Siemens MAGNETOM Aera 1.5 T MRI System in its newly renovated MRI Suite located in the Medical Imaging Department on the first floor of the West Wing. The new system replaces an older MRI unit that was housed in the basement of the Pruyn Pavilion. MRI is a non-invasive imaging technology that uses powerful magnets and radiofrequency currents to produce three-dimensional, detailed anatomical images without the use of radiation.

“A fast, accurate diagnosis is the first important step in achieving the best possible medical outcome for a patient,” said Edward Hanchett, Senior Director of Medical Imaging. “This is an investment that will truly make a difference for doctors and their patients every day.”

The new system features enhanced imaging technology, which generates a more detailed picture of soft tissue, bone and muscle and does so faster than the former technology — meaning shortened exam times for patients. This will especially help advance our diagnostic services for oncology patients and the Breast Center.

The system also greatly reduces the claustrophobic concern that some people have with MRI.The MAGNETOM Aera has a wider and shorter open bore — the tube-like structure where the patient lies — so that the person is less confined during the imaging process. In many instances, the exam can be performed with the patient’s head entirely outside of the bore.

Further adding to the patient’s comfort, the “knocking” sound associated with this type of imaging is quieter, and the machine has a built-in audio system so that people can listen to their choice of music during the exam.

“MRI imaging is essential to timely diagnosis and treatment of stroke and to the goal of creating a stroke center at Glens Falls Hospital,” said Dr. Richard Jackson, Glens Falls Neurology. “Keeping current equipment with modern technology is one of our primary goals in order to provide the highest quality diagnostic and treatment care possible.”

The arrival of the new MRI system was a big deal for the hospital in more ways than one. The magnet portion of the new machine weighs 10,000 pounds, and had to be lifted above the West Wing and lowered into its new home by crane. It was put into operation on May 7, 2018.

Patients in need of an MRI can ask their primary care physician or specialist for a referral to the Glens Falls Hospital Medical Imaging Department. The exam will be administered by one of the hospital’s licensed MRI technologists. The resulting images will be read by a radiologist with the hospital’s radiology partner, Adirondack Radiology Associates, who will consult with the referring physician regarding the diagnosis if needed.

To schedule an appointment for Glens Falls Hospital’s new MRI system, please call Centralized Scheduling at (518) 926.5333.


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About Glens Falls Hospital:

Glens Falls Hospital (GFH) maintains a service area that spans 6,000 square miles across 5 diverse counties. Founded in 1897, GFH today operates an advanced health care delivery system featuring 24 regional facilities including 9 specialty practices and 10 medical centers.A vast array of specialized medical and surgical services are provided in addition to coronary care, occupational and behavioral health care, rehabilitation and wellness and others.The main hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery birthing center, the Breast Center and a chronic wound healing center. GFH is a not-for-profit organization and the largest employer in New York’s Adirondack region, with over 2,700 employees and a medical staff of more than 575 providers. For more information visit www.GlensFallsHospital.org.

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