Accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) Carteret General Hospital offers the most sophisticated technology available in MRI scanning -- a Siemens Magnetom Symphony 1.5 Tesla. MRI is an advanced medical imaging technique that produces clear pictures or images of the human body. It provides an excellent way to diagnose disease of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels.
The MRI offers maximum patient comfort and shorter exam times.
The system has a spacious well-lit opening on both ends, attractive design and soft colors which produce a friendly environment that helps relax patients, reduce their anxieties and minimize claustrophobia.
The exam usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. It consists of several image exposures lasting 15 minutes each. These images assist us in making the best diagnosis possible and may eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery.
Having the latest technology for MRI offers exciting new opportunities for Carteret General Hospital. Soon we hope to add cardiac studies to our scans.
Our technicians are highly trained professionals who excel in their work. "The number of patients who need sedation has been decreased by more than half because of the increased size of the new MRI. The larger system is especially friendlier to Claustrophobic patients. The time it takes to do a study has been reduced in half. If the previous system scan time was 40 minutes, it can now be completed in 20 minutes. Some two hour studies now take only 40 minutes." Additionally, the new system has increased Carteret General's ability to do certain scans. Before we just scanned the head and spine, now we can scan head-to-toes.
A mobile MRL is also available at the CGH Imaging Center.