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Imagine a doctor being able to diagnose a stroke before it even happens, or catch cancers at an earlier stage. Doctors at Salem Community Hospital are now able to carry out these kinds of diagnoses thanks to new MRI technology.
The hospital is now using the latest MRI technology available in the country. The 3T MRI Skyra. The scanner is twice as strong, provides twice the speed, as well as twice the detail imaging. This gives doctors the ability to diagnose diseases at an earlier stage.
“We can diagnose things inside of the brain that we could never see before. We can diagnose strokes before their earliest states,” said Dr. Peter Apicella, Chairman of Medical Imaging at Salem Community Hospital.
The 3T is also much faster for the patient, taking only 10 to 15 minutes to complete the test. The old system doubled that time.
The MRI is so strong that it can magnetize the iron in your blood. Doctors are able to watch that flow through the body, including in the brain, without using any of the special dyes they used with the old scanners.
“When it comes to other parts of the body, we can image the joints like the shoulders and the knees with such fine detail, that now we can make definitive diagnosis before you have surgeries,” said Dr. Apicella.
Salem Community Hospital is the only hospital between Cleveland and Pittsburgh with this new technology.