HMFW & HMSW Are First In Tarrant County with High Definition MRI
FORT WORTH, Texas – Patients undergoing an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) or Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) will now experience less wait time, have the advantage of more accurate results and better image quality with the new Twin-Speed Signa Excite 1.5 T HD MRI scanner. The $2 million dollar addition of the original Excite MRI scanner make HMFW and HMSW the first hospitals in Tarrant County to use the High Definition Magnetic Resonance (HDMR) technology for a more detailed and clear view of a patient's anatomy.

“For trauma patients, quick and accurate results are critical to their care,” said Robert Sloane, M.D., medical director for the trauma program at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. “It is a great benefit to have advanced technology that enables us to see images clearly in order to make decisions quickly, accurately and with less wait time for our patients.”

About the Signa Excite 1.5T HD MRI
The imaging upgrade for HMFW and the new machine for HMSW increase the efficiency of MRI and high-definition imaging, allowing for:
  • Neuro and neurovascular imaging with excellent image quality, despite patient motion.
  • Vascular imaging used in the evaluation of diabetic patients for low blood flow to the lower leg, including critical vessels of the foot.
  • Abdominal imaging with high definition pictures of the liver. With this new addition, better abdomen coverage is defined on the images and physicians may be able to expose small abnormalities in the liver.
  • Breast imaging advancement that examines both breasts in one exam with high-resolution, high-contrast results. (Available at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital only.)
  • Cardiac imaging that allows a full cardiac exam showing great detail of the anatomy and functionality of the heart.(Available at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital only.)

Patients Benefit The HDMR system captures dramatic images faster, giving patients a shorter wait time.

"Patients in the communities of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital and Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital will see immediate benefits from the Excite HD MRI," said David Robinson, M.D., medical director of radiology at Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital. "The improved detail and the faster imaging times will allow them to receive a quicker and more accurate diagnosis, which in turn allows them to quickly receive the appropriate treatment."

The image quality, reminiscent of high-definition television (HDTV), with its improved clarity and detail, helps physicians give their patients a more confident diagnosis. With its dual-sided patient loading and controls, patients experience a safer, more comfortable and efficient MRI scan.

The HDMR technology has already aided physicians in diagnosis and treatment of 1032 patients in the emergency room and outpatient diagnostics at HMFW and 262 patients in outpatient radiology at HMSW, as well as some inpatient scans at HMFW and HMSW. Providing optimal diagnostic capabilities for the assessment of the brain, spine, abdomen, pelvis, vascular system, breast and heart, physicians are able to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions, including stroke, musculoskeletal and heart disease.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital A Magnet hospital celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) is Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 610 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more.

About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital is a part of Texas Health Resources and has served the residents of southwest Tarrant County since 1987. A full-service hospital built with its patients in mind, Harris Methodist Southwest offers comprehensive health care services. The personal approach to health care includes 24-hour emergency services, women's services, inpatient and outpatient services, rehabilitation services, diagnostic services and a variety of education classes.

Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital began construction on a new $34 million five-story bed tower in October. The tower will more than double the size of the hospital and its bed capacity. A medical surgical floor, an intensive care floor and physician office space will be included in the new tower. The tower also will provide future expansion space for Obstetrical and Women's Services, as well as an additional medical surgical floor. Construction of the new bed tower is expected to be complete by fall 2006. For a virtual tour of the 36-bed medical surgical unit of the new five-story tower, log on to