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Cuero Hospital serves community with high quality MR scans

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Olsovsky, Brian, RT, CT Cuero Community Hospital USA

Hospital serves community with high quality MR scans

The Panorama HFO provides a spacious 160 cm-wide patient aperture to ensure a comfortable, relaxing MRI experience for anxious, elderly, obese or claustrophobic patients. Cuero Community Hospital (Cuero, Texas, USA) went clinical with a Panorama HFO in June 2009. Since then, patient volume has grown from about 10 patients a week to nearly 35 per week, with imaging needs that range from spine to extremities to angiography.


Brian Olsovsky, RT, CT, Director of Radiology at the hospital, says, "Within two weeks I brought on a consulting technologist just to keep up. We'll be extending our hours soon, to accommodate 40 to 50 patients per week."

 Cuero Community Hospital Panorama HFO with Ambient Experience
Cuero Community Hospital
Panorama HFO with Ambient Experience

Repeat scans are a thing of the past

When Cuero Hospital began its search for an open MR system, the project was met with skepticism. "Open MRI units have gotten a bad reputation in the past because of their weak signal, but Philips has introduced a great product with the Panorama HFO."


"Our patients have good quality images for the next level of care if they need it," says Olsovsky. "There is no need to repeat these scans. If they were done here, they don't need to be done again because of quality issues. The images will not be any better than these, regardless of the vendor."


The hospital's radiologists say that in many cases the quality of Panorama images exceeds that of their 1.5T systems. Additionally, Olsovsky says they appreciate the Panorama's ability to center the patient directly under the isocenter of the magnet.

74-year-old male with nausea and vomiting with elevated LFT's. With 64-slice CT biliary dilatation and a small mass were seen, but type of mass was inconclusive.
The high detail of Panorama HFO MRCP images (standard protocol, ST Body/Spine M coil) helped to diagnose the mass as a stone rather than a tumor. The patient then underwent endoscopic ultrasound with stone retrieval and sphinchterectomy.

Ambient Experience calms patients

The hospital uses Ambient Experience to enhance the MR experience with sounds and lights of the patient's choice. The Ambient Experience suite was offered to Cuero Hospital as a turnkey installation. "It puts patients in charge of their MR environment," Olsovsky explains. "Patients can bring their own CDs or MP3 players, and that's very comforting. I have scanned many patients who have never had an MRI comfortably, who go into this MR system and fall asleep because of Ambient Experience."


"Our overall experience with Philips and the Panorama has been a solid 10," he adds. "I am amazed how many people are calling the hospital and asking about it. They've been going to larger cities for high quality imaging, and now they can stay right here. It really is an excellent system."



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