AMH First in Arlington with New MRI Providing Unprecedented Clarity
03/25/2008

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Imagine seeing images of your brain, leg or heart with the same precision and clarity of high-definition television. With the recent installation of Arlington Memorial Hospital's new $2.5 million 3.0 Tesla MRI, this level of technology and imaging is now a reality.

The hospital is the first in Arlington to provide patients with this advanced magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) capability. The new MRI will specifically benefit neurological and orthopedic patients.

The scanner is the most powerful MRI device available today to patients in routine clinical use. Detailed patient anatomy displayed by the enhanced technology allows physicians to identify and make diagnoses faster and more efficiently, thanks to sharper and clearer images.

The improved images provided by this new technology can reduce the number of patient re-scans, decreasing the amount of time a patient must spend in the MRI.

"The new unit has twice the magnetic field strength of the other MRI unit, letting us see smaller structures with greater detail. It also has the latest image processing software with applications that were previously unavailable," said David Diffley, M.D., a radiologist on the medical staff at Arlington Memorial Hospital.

"Now we can map white-matter tracts of the brain for neurosurgeons, create images of the arteries of the arms and legs non-invasively, and perform MRI spectroscopy," Diffley said. "These features will provide more information and ultimately improve patient care."

About Arlington Memorial Hospital
Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. Services include comprehensive cardiac care, an electrophysiology lab, women's services, orthopedics, GI, an advanced imaging center, extensive rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and disease prevention classes, support groups and community service programs.
 
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.

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