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State-Of-The-Art MRI System Installed at ST. Helena Hospital Clear Lake




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Joshua Cowan, St. Helena Hospital

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Breakthrough Diagnostic Imaging Technology Provides Doctors with Fast, Highly Detailed Information to Evaluate Disease

Clearlake, CA February 8, 2012 – St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake today introduced its new, state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner that is being described as a breakthrough tool for the diagnosis of disease. This upgrade will provide quicker exam times for greater patient comfort.

The new system – known as Signa

® Infinity with EXCITE™ – is from GE Medical Systems, one of the world’s leading MRI manufacturers. Capable of acquiring diagnostic information significantly faster than other MR systems, the EXCITE scanner will enable doctors at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake to improve the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions, including cardiac and vascular disease; stroke; abdominal and brain disorders; and musculoskeletal conditions in the knee, shoulder and other joints. 

"In essence, we now have the ability to capture diagnostic images at the speed of light," said Amber Thompson, R.T. ARRT(R)(CT), Medical Imaging Manager. "This scanner reduces the length of MRI exams while improving the quality of the anatomical information. It will also make MRI exams more comfortable for patients, especially those who have difficulty holding their breath during certain procedures."

MRI utilizes computers and magnetic fields, rather than radiation, to provide safe and non-invasive images of the human anatomy. It is estimated that more than 20 million MRI exams are performed each year in the United States.

"Our continuing ability to provide the most advanced care to our patients requires leading-edge technologies, like the Signa EXCITE scanner," said David Santos, Vice President of Operations at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. "This system opens the door to new imaging applications that will improve the diagnosis of disease throughout the human body, from head to toe."

For questions please contact the Medical Imaging Department at (707)-995-576.


About St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake:


is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system with nearly 20,000 employees serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the health values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 18 acute care hospitals, more than 135 clinics (rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.