Using Hitachi's Oasis high-field strength Open MRI Scanner to give outstanding high resolution imaging
The need to improve clinical imaging for more accurate diagnoses
Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital in Rovigo, is a large public hospital within the Veneto region of North East Italy. It covers the whole spectrum of medical procedures and requires the very latest medical technology.
An MRI scanner is vital in any modern hospital for the accurate diagnosis of many medical conditions. The hospital in Rovigo carries out over 5,000 scans each year for neurological, spinal, vascular, body and orthopaedic conditions, as well as for accident and trauma victims.
Rapid imaging and huge amounts of data are required to treat patients quickly
The hospital had four key requirements:
- Speed – to treat patients quickly, rapid imaging is vital and the huge amounts of data then need to be made available to doctors and integrated with the patients’ other health data on a central IT system.
- Image quality – the most accurate diagnosis, requires the highest quality images and scanners with the very latest technology.
- Reliability – Reliably performing over 5,000 scans per year requires a good maintenance programme to ensure that the scanner is operational at all times.
- Open scanner design – traditional MRI scanners confine patients in a narrow tube. This makes it difficult for patients with claustrophobia, or for many children who can find it frightening. An open MRI is more comfortable and enables scans of trauma victims, who are often connected to drips or other life-saving equipment.
The highest field strength Open MRI Scanner delivering outstanding high-resolution clinical imaging
The Oasis sets new standards for patient comfort and care. It has a truly open design, with a wide and deep aperture, allowing patients to have an unobstructed view of their surroundings. This is particularly important for claustrophobic patients as they can now be scanned without the need for sedation.
The open design also means that Oasis can accommodate patients of a larger size who cannot fit into a conventional MRI. The wide patient table can support over 300 kilos and can be lowered for patients with mobility problems.
Furthermore the asymmetrical alignment of the table allows optimal scanning position.
Innovation and developments which set new standards for patient-centric care
For over 25 years, Hitachi has been a pioneer in the innovation and development of patient-friendly MRI systems. One of its goals is to set new standards in patient-centric care and as part of that goal it produced the world's first open MRI scanner. It has continued to develop that technology, leading to the Hitachi Oasis 1.2T Open MRI Scanner.
About Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital
Santa Maria della Misericordia hospital in Rovigo, Italy is a large central hub hospital within the Veneto region of North East Italy. It is a public hospital and covers the whole spectrum of medical procedures.
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