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Decatur Memorial Hospital Improves Patient MRI Experience At South Shores Imaging Center with New Open System From Philips Medical Systems


Decatur Memorial Hospital’s South Shores Imaging Center is only the second in the United States and the third in the world to install the Philips Panorama 1.0T open high-field MRI system combined with a virtual environment.

The system provides high field performance along with a virtual environment that helps patients relax through images projected on the wall, soft lighting and soothing sounds.

Not only does this MRI system offer physicians high-field image quality for advanced applications, it also features a completely open design that makes getting an MRI scan a more positive experience.

Many patients, due to their size or feelings of claustrophobia, prefer open MRI systems. The Panorama 1.0T features the widest patient gap of any high-field MRI system and offers exceptional image quality and speed for brain, spine, blood vessels, body, bone and joint and pediatric MRI imaging.

The Panorama 1.0T MRI system we have installed offers an unprecedented combination of clinical excellence and patient acceptance.  Getting this power in an open design gives us a lot of flexibility. We’re able to give patients a more comfortable experience and get the most effective results from our work. This system is a tremendous diagnostic benefit to the community.

To schedule an open MRI, consult your physician or for more information call the South Shores Imaging Center at 876-5060.