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High-def MRI breast imaging at Vail Valley Medical Center

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Vail CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Valley Medical Center has one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging tools for helping physicians reach confident diagnoses and provide the best patient care. The Signa HDx 1.5T MR system from GE Healthcare delivers highly detailed images of the human body with increased speed, better resolution and unique applications. According to Dr. Wayne Wenzel, chief radiologist, this advanced technology provides shorter exams and greater comfort for patients, while providing higher diagnostic confidence for doctors.

“Some patients can present special challenges when undergoing MR testing,” said Gisele Riden, imaging director. “Now, even those who are the most difficult to examine with conventional MR approaches can be easily imaged and diagnosed.”

The hospital can also provide conscious sedation for claustrophobic patients with the combined efforts of the ordering doctor, MRI technologists and anesthesia physicians.



“One outstanding feature of the Signa HDx 1.5T MR system is the ability to do dual breast scanning. Our experienced technologists have been performing these studies for the past three years under the guidance of Dr. Janice Ugale,” Lead MRI technologist Kimberly Anderson added.

Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to look specifically at the breast. It is a non-invasive procedure that doctors use to determine what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do surgery. In the time it normally takes to image just one breast, doctors can now image both breasts simultaneously. Each exam produces hundreds of images of the breast, cross-sectional in all three directions (side-to-side, top-to-bottom, front-to-back), which are then read by a specialty breast radiologists.



No radioactivity is involved, and the technique is believed to be safe. The hope is that such non-invasive studies will contribute to doctor’s progress in learning how to predict the behavior of tumors, and in selecting proper treatments. Breast MRI is an evolving technology and should not replace standard screening and diagnostic procedures (clinical and self exams, mammogram, fine needle aspiration or biopsy).

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 HDx 1.5T MR system non-invasively assists physicians in the diagnosis of a variety of anatomical areas, such as the head, abdomen, chest, and breast, including detailed imaging of the vascular system and major organs.

For more information about MR services at Vail Valley Medical Center, visit http://www.vvmc.com or call 970-479-7252.


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