In August, a new $1.5 million, state-of-the-art MRI was installed on the NorthBay Medical Center campus in Fairfield. The Toshiba Vantage Titan, Open-bore 1.5 Tesla (high field) MRI features quiet technology and high definition scanning. It has the shortest magnet with the largest field of vision currently available in the industry.
“The Toshiba MRI is designed with patient comfort in mind,” says Adrian Riggs, director of Solano Diagnostics Imaging which owns and operates the new machine. MRI acoustic noise is one of the major complaints of patients and medical staff. Toshiba’s patented Pianissimo technology significantly reduces the noise in and around the MRI environment, making exams more comfortable and easier to complete.
The MRI offers up to 100 percent more clearance space above the patient. This provides the room needed for bariatric patients and allows patients to be scanned without having their heads inside the magnet for some procedures. The MRI also performs a wider range of exams, from bariatric to breast and non-contrast imaging, with far fewer limitations.
All inpatient and outpatient MRI is now performed at the new facility. Solano Diagnostics Imaging will no longer operate an MRI in the NorthBay Health Plaza building, but will continue all other imaging services.