Columbia St. Mary’s adds new MRI machine in Mequon

News Graphic Staff

Dec. 15, 2015

MEQUON — Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee has purchased a new GE Optima MR-450W with GEM Suite MRI machine, which will be available starting Dec. 28, a news release said.

The Optima MR-450W combines the latest imaging technology with improved comfort and convenience for patients, the news release said.

New features include:

A wide, short bore that allows patients to keep their head or feet out for most exams, which will help eliminate the feeling of claustrophobia. A larger field of view also can more easily accommodate larger patients.

Artifact reduction software, which reduces the MRI’s sensitivity to metal in the body. That will result in higher-quality images with greater detail. This leads to a more definitive diagnosis and few false positives and follow-up exams.

Faster image acquisition, which minimizes the length of time patients need to remain motionless and hold their breath.

Shorter exam times.

New clinical capabilities, including cardio, breast and prostate imaging.

High-sensitivity images, which will allow for more non-contrast exams. That will reduce the need for intravenous contrast material that can be hard on a patient’s kidneys.

“Columbia St. Mary’s is proud to provide comprehensive imaging services to our referring physicians and their patients,” said John Steinbrenner, director of Imaging Services for CSM. “The addition of the new GE MRI reaffirms our commitment to advanced MRI imaging capabilities.”