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Alaska Regional Installs New High Definition Magnetic Resonance System


Anchorage, AK April 15, 2010 - Alaska Regional recently upgraded to one the most advanced diagnostic tools for helping physicians reach confident diagnoses to provide the best patient care. The new Signa HDxt 1.5T MR system from GE Healthcare delivers highly detailed images of the human body with increased speed, better resolution and unique applications. MR exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination. The GE Signa HDxt 1.5T MR system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas, such as the head, abdomen and chest, including detailed imaging of the vascular system and major organs. According to Annie Holt, CEO of Alaska Regional, this advanced technology provides shorter exams and greater comfort for patients, while providing higher diagnostic confidence for physicians.  “Some patients can present special challenges when undergoing MR testing,” says Holt. “Now, even those who are the most difficult to examine with conventional MR approaches can be easily imaged and diagnosed.” “One feature of this new system is the ability to do dual breast scanning,” Holt adds. “In the time it normally takes to image just one breast, we can now image both breasts simultaneously. The system also tolerates patient motion very well during brain scans, which reduces retakes. And it eliminates the need for very sick or weak cardiac patients to hold their breath during heart scans.” “The addition of this MR system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that we offer our community," says Holt. “It provides us with vastly improved image quality and imaging speed, and enhances the overall diagnostic confidence we have in all of our studies.”

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