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Overlake Hospital Selects Toshiba Open Bore MR System

Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington, has deployed Toshiba America Medical Systems’ Vantage Titan ultra-short, open bore MR system in its new MR facility to handle imaging needs.

Before acquiring the Titan, Overlake did not own an MR system and therefore was required to outsource all of its MR exams, a time-consuming and cumbersome experience for both the patient and physician.

Overlake claimed that, since installing the Titan, its patients receive MR exams immediately and on-site. In fact, the Titan’s ability to increase patient throughput because of its patient-friendly features enabled Overlake to exceed its patient volume projections shortly after installation.

Toshiba has said that its Atlas Technology would eliminate the need to reposition patients during exams by utilising integrated coil technology reducing exam time for patients.

Brenda Rinehart, director of medical imaging at Overlake Hospital, said: “When planning our new MR department, we wanted to not only have around-the-clock access to MR exams and improve workflow, but also maintain Overlake’s focus on patient safety and comfort.

“The Titan’s features met and even exceeded the requirements. One example is the Titan’s large, open bore and noise reduction technology, which have improved the exam experience for our claustrophobic patients. This has resulted in a decrease in the need for sedation, allowing us to image patients more rapidly and safely.”

Doug Ryan, vice president of marketing and strategic development at Toshiba, said: “The Titan is specifically designed to alleviate top MR patient complaints through features like the large, open bore, Pianissimo noise-reduction technology, non-contrast techniques and Atlas coil technology.

“The increased productivity at Overlake demonstrates the power and effectiveness of these patient-friendly features and the direct benefit they provide to physicians and patients, alike.”