For more than 100 years, Tenet’s Saint Vincent Hospital has provided high-quality healthcare to residents of Worcester, Massachusetts and surrounding communities.
In line with this dedicated service, Saint Vincent is the first Tenet hospital to offer advanced imaging using the new GE Healthcare Signa Artist magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.
An MRI is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging exam of soft tissue, bone and muscle and is one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States. Moving away from the narrow, tube-like MRI machines, Saint Vincent’s new MRI aims to decrease patient anxiety with its feet-first option, expansive diameter, soft lighting and soothing fan. The wider table design sits lower to the ground enabling easier patient positioning. The table features memory foam to alleviate pain associated with pressure points and a detachable exit to assist with patient claustrophobia concerns.
In addition, this machine is the latest 1.5T engineering in MRI technology available from GE Healthcare and takes advantage of 2D and 3D images to enhance patient diagnosis and treatment capabilities.
“This equipment was designed for optimal patient comfort and to help those who experience anxiety during an MRI exam feel more relaxed and at ease,” said Jeffrey M. Welch, CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital and Tenet's Massachusetts and South Carolina hospitals. “With the many advanced features of this new technology, Saint Vincent Hospital will be able to provide high-quality care in a comfortable and efficient manner.”
The addition of this new MRI machine to Saint Vincent Hospital’s radiology suite expands access to diagnostic imaging that supports a complete range of clinical applications, including neurology, orthopedics, body imaging, angiography, cardiology, breast imaging and oncology.
“Our goal is to provide the highest image quality to satisfy a wide range of medical needs and help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses,” said Dr. David Bader, Saint Vincent Hospital chief of radiology and hospital board member. “The fact that we can now do this while keeping patients more comfortable is integral to our mission of providing quality patient care with unrelenting attention to clinical excellence.”
Tenet plans to install the GE Healthcare Signa Artist MRI machine at five additional facilities this year, including Abrazo Scottsdale Campus in Arizona by April 2018.
Photo (left to right): Paul M. Provost, publisher, Telegram & Gazette; Joseph M. Petty, mayor, City of Worcester; Bishop Robert J. McManus, leader of the Diocese of Worcester and Saint Vincent Hospital board member; Jeffrey M. Welch, CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital and Tenet's Massachusetts and South Carolina hospitals; Dr. David A. Bader, Saint Vincent Hospital chief of radiology and Saint Vincent Hospital board member; Dr. Douglas A. Burd, radiologist, Saint Vincent Hospital; and Timothy P. Murray, president and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.