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Willis-Knighton Adds State-Of-The-Art MRI Systems At WK Imaging & Technology Center


PanoramaWillis-Knighton Health System has installed Shreveport’s first digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system, the Ingenia 3.0T, as well as the latest-generation in open MR systems, the Panorama High Field Open, both from Philips Healthcare, at the WK Imaging & Technology Center. The Center is located inside the WK Orthopedic & Sports
Medicine Center at 7925
Youree Drive in Shreveport.

IngeniaThe Ingenia 3.0T is designed to quickly perform high-quality MR scans with a high level of patient comfort. This revolutionary machine has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes Ingenia less confining than 60cm MR systems and a more attractive noninvasive imaging option for patients at Willis-Knighton. In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient’s head entirely out of the opening, creating a better patient experience.

The Ingenia 3.0T incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MR images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body, including brain and nervous system disorders, skeletal muscle disorders and organ disease.

“Ingenia 3.0T image quality is excellent.” said Willis-Knighton Director of Radiology Joyce Hooper. “We can perform American College of Radiology-recommended routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle and liver with superb image quality. It gives our radiologists and referring physicians access to the high-quality images they need to make informed diagnoses. With Ingenia 3.0T, our patients experience comfortable exams. Plus, no one else has a 3 Tesla magnet which is twice the strength of the standard MRIs.”

Not only does the Panorama High Field Open MR system offer physicians high-field image quality for advanced applications, it also features a completely open design that makes getting an MR scan more positive.

Many patients, due to their size or feelings of claustrophobia, prefer open MR systems. The Panorama HFO features the widest patient gap of any high-field MR system. And, physicians will appreciate the high-resolution images that allow them to make more confident diagnoses.

“The Panorama High Field Open MR 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,” Hooper said. “We’re able to see more patients, give them a comfortable experience and get the most effective results from our work. This system is a tremendous diagnostic benefit to the community. We also have really unique ambient lighting in the room. It fades in and out from one color to another throughout the entire room, which is comforting and helps to relax the patient.”