OSWEGO, NY – A new state-of-the-art fixed 1.5-tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner with the ability to carry out more complex diagnostic procedures has been unveiled at Oswego Hospital.
The new equipment was officially unveiled during an open house event held for physicians, donors, board members, staff and area business owners.
The open house was hosted by the Oswego Health Foundation.
This cutting-edge technology depicts and clarifies diseases of the brain, spine, liver, pancreas, kidney, uterus and other soft-tissue organs.
It is also often invaluable for many orthopedic diagnoses such as knee meniscal tear or shoulder rotator cuff injury.
As part of its equipment purchase, Oswego Hospital has also installed the most advanced breast MRI coil.
This technology is able to create consistently high-quality, high resolution images regardless of breast size or density – often revealing lesions that could go unnoticed with conventional imaging.
Oswego Health Chief of Radiology James Sherwood, MD, said the new MRI has very impressive image quality.
“The improved resolution increases diagnostic accuracy and confidence, and the exam times are shorter,” he said. “The new MRI utilizes state-of-the-art technology.”
Dr. Sherwood added that the MRI also provides a larger field of view, so that he is able to see a wider area in a scan.
This is particularly useful in orthopedic imaging.
Along with providing better scans, the new MRI is now located within the hospital.
“The suite is spacious, new and integrated right into the department,” Dr. Sherwood said.” This improves patient comfort and convenience.”
Previously, patients underwent an MRI scan in a trailer connected to the hospital.
Gifts from the community that helped support the project included sponsors and donors of the 2014 Oswego Health golf tournament, as well as NRG Energy.
“Community support is very important to Oswego Health,” said Karen Ferguson, director of the Oswego Health Foundation. “We invited all project donors to come and join us in celebration of the completed MRI Suite and to see the impact of their gifts.”
The Oswego Health Foundation provides community members the opportunity to support Oswego Health and its affiliates in many ways.
For more information about the Oswego Health Foundation and how you can support healthcare in our community, contact the Foundation office at 326-3791.