MRI scanner

October 23rd, 2014

As x-ray showed us the skeletal system, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) shows us the body’s “soft tissue,” such as spinal cord tissue, heart muscle, and the tissue of your joints and ligaments.

Unlike CT scans (Computed Tomography) MRI uses no radiation in creating its views of the body’s internal structure; instead, magnetic fields are used, making it a safer procedure for patients.

Given its combination of safety and image clarity, MRI has become the test of choice for a wide range of diagnostic applications. It is used for advanced cardiac and neurological imaging; for the imaging of joints; and for the imaging of the small bowel, liver, pancreas and other organs. In addition to cardiology and neurology, MRI is also an integral part of orthopaedics and intensive care.

A $4.1 million fundraising campaign is underway

As MRI plays such a critical role in diagnosing a wide range of complex pathologies, it is imperative that St. Paul’s acquire a new MRI scanner to replace current equipment that is approaching the end of its working life.

According to Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, head of Radiology at St. Paul’s, much has changed in MRI technology over the past decade. A new 3T MRI will improve patient care on many levels, including improved image quality and faster procedure times.

“Faster scans with improved image contrast and clarity is just the beginning,” says Dr. Leipsic. “And so many departments use MRI. In many ways, the imaging department is the heart of the hospital because so many patients are touched by it. I hope friends of St. Paul’s will help to make this new scanner a reality.”

How you can help

You can help St. Paul’s Foundation raise $4.1 million toward a new MRI scanner, which will help patients hospital-wide. This is a top priority for St. Paul’s. Your gift today will bring us one step closer to this goal.

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