The next generation of imaging technology – only the second installation in the U.S. and one of six in the world – has been installed at Intercoastal Medical Group’s Hyde Park Imaging facility in Sarasota.
The new GE SIGNA Voyager 1.5T Widebore MRI allows for a new standard of patient comfort in addition to a host of important features. For the first time, this motion-free technology doesn’t require patients to hold their breath for certain studies. Another benefit is that the SIGNA Voyager offers vascular imaging that doesn’t require the use of needles or contrast dye for patients who cannot tolerate the injection of contrast dye for certain tests. Computer Assisted Diagnosis (CAD) allows technologists to identify small areas of interest otherwise undetectable by the human eye.
Breast imaging, advanced prostate imaging, advanced cardiac and vascular imaging and neurological and orthopedic specialty software are important features of this signature technology. The SIGNA Voyager is the first to include an extra-wide opening and 550-pound capacity table. The larger opening is especially beneficial for patients for whom small or enclosed spaces are limiting or frightening.
“We are so pleased to be only the second facility in the United States to offer the newest, high level of imaging technology to our patients. The highly-specialized computer assisted diagnostic abilities can literally be life-saving for many patients. The additional capabilities for Breast and Prostate MRI and new patient comfort features of this state-of-the-art equipment will mean earlier diagnoses, resulting in better treatment outcomes with much greater comfort during the testing process for patients,” notes John Steele, M.D., president of Intercoastal Medical Group.
Intercoastal Medical Group is a professional association of more than 85 physicians in more than a dozen specialties, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties with seven locations. Founded in 1993, Intercoastal features a team of board certified, experienced physicians, all of whom completed their residency training programs in either the United States or Canada. A majority of Intercoastal physicians have completed fellowship training in important specialties and sub-specialties.