Mount Sinai Medical Center has added a high field, open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to the list of services available at the Mount Sinai Aventura Diagnostic Center, located at 2845 Aventura Boulevard. The open MRI further expands the existing diagnostic imaging services at Mount Sinai Aventura, where breast mammography, PET scan, 64 Slice CT, ultrasound, bone density and general imaging also are available.
MRI scans are used to help in the diagnosis of numerous problems, such as cancer, bleeding, injuries, blood vessel diseases or infection. They also provide supplemental information about problems revealed on an X-ray, ultrasound scan, or CT scan. An MRI scan can be done for the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, blood vessels, joints, bones and spine.
Not all open MRIs are the same. Most have a lower resolution, which affects their diagnostic capability and the clarity of the images produced. However, Mount Sinai Aventura’s Hitachi Oasis 1.2 Tesla strength unit offers the highest quality images and a 270-degree field of vision around the patient, which is more comfortable and gives staff greater access to the patient.
An open MRI means patients do not go into a tunnel or tube for scanning. It offers a clear 270-degree open view, virtually eliminating patient claustrophobia. Its design accommodates large patients, and the exam table lowers to just 18 inches from the ground, making it suitable for elderly patients and those with mobility problems. The open MRI easily scans wrists and elbows at the patient’s side, eliminating uncomfortable positioning. Quality images are even possible for those with hip replacements and other prostheses. The open architecture is also ideal for children, since parents can remain with their child during the exam.
Mount Sinai offers the only on site board certified subspecialist team to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible. The medical center maintains patients’ imaging history in its secure electronic patient network, and images are available immediately upon professional interpretation by our board certified radiologists. Should testing reveal conditions requiring further evaluation, patients will have immediate access to Mount Sinai’s comprehensive array of services and specialists.
The Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center is also the first and only radiation oncology program in South Florida to earn accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. Mount Sinai’s Radiation Oncology programs on both the Mount Sinai Miami Beach and Aventura campuses successfully completed a rigorous application and evaluation process for this accreditation.
Mount Sinai offers extended hours and convenient scheduling to fit into patients’ busy lifestyles. To schedule an open MRI at Mount Sinai Aventura, please call 305-674-3905. For more information on Mount Sinai Medical Center, visit www.msmc.com.
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