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For Immediate Release:
August 29, 2012

Southcoast becomes first in region to offer 3T MRI

New technology provides MRI patients with enhanced comfort

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System has announced the implementation of new 3T Magnetom® Verio magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at Charlton Memorial Hospital, becoming the first health care provider in the region to invest in this new technology that gives patients enhanced comfort.

"As the region's largest provider of radiology services, Southcoast is continually investing in new technology and services to ensure the highest quality care for our patients," said Debra A. Desmarais, Executive Director of Radiology Imaging Services for Southcoast. "The new 3T MRI allows our doctors to have a wide range of imaging capabilities with the ability to cater those services to patients in almost any situation."

The new 3T MRI scanning device offers some of the most advanced image quality and diagnostic capabilities, paired with a design that provides maximum patient comfort. The large, patient-friendly 70-centimeter opening accommodates a diverse array of different sized patients, while helping to reduce anxiety and claustrophobia. With one foot of spacious headroom, patients will no longer feel as confined.

The new device boasts the strongest magnetic field strength used clinically today, giving Southcoast physicians access to exceptionally clear images in multiple applications including neurology, orthopedic and cartilage assessment, breast, vascular and cardiac imaging.

The new device also allows for increased speed for most MRI exams through the use of TimĒ (Total imaging matrix) technology, which makes patient repositioning virtually unnecessary.

Southcoast Health System offers first-rate radiology imaging services at 14 sites throughout the region, including all three Southcoast Hospitals sites — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham — and the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, giving patients easy access to high-quality services. Southcoast Radiology Imaging Services performs more than 400,000 radiology procedures each year. The radiologists, technologists, managers and support staff are dedicated to providing superior patient care and customer service.

In addition to the 3T MRI scanner, Southcoast Radiology Imaging Services provides the most advanced technology available in the region — with our new state-of-the-art low-dose radiation 128-slice CT scanner to the region's largest digital mammography system. Additional services include Bone Densitometry (DEXA scanning), Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan), PET/CT, Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray), Interventional Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Digital Mammography, Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound.

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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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