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SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere Adds Advanced MRI Technology
September 4, 2013
Rising healthcare costs continue to be a hot topic around the country and locally at SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere. However, these rising costs aren’t stopping the medical center from providing state-of-the-art technologies to patients.
Medical Center/Belvidere’s new mobile MRI system is one of the most advanced MRI systems available. The new Signa HD 1.5T MRI system from GE Healthcare delivers some of the highest quality images on the market today. The advanced technology provides shorter exams and greater comfort for patients, all while providing higher diagnostic confidence for doctors.
“The Signa HD 1.5T MRI system complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that we offer residents of Belvidere and the surrounding areas,” says Administrator Dawna Menke. “It provides us with vastly improved image quality and imaging speed, and enhances the overall diagnostic confidence we have in all of our studies.”
The concept of mobile imaging is often misunderstood. Some people assume that the quality of a "mobile" service is inferior to one that is permanently installed. In most cases, this is untrue. SwedishAmerican's mobile MRI system provider, Shared Medical Services, is able to attain maximum efficiency by stopping at many local hospitals and clinics and sharing the costs. Distributing the costs among several healthcare organizations allows for better equipment and faster upgrades with less capital investment.
“With our new mobile solution, we are able to bring our community some of the best technology in the area and our patients don’t have to travel,” concludes Menke. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”
For more information about MRI services at SwedishAmerican Medical Center in Belvidere, call the Medical Imaging department at 815-544-1341, or if you are a physician wanting to schedule an MRI please call SwedishAmerican’s Central Scheduling department at 815-391-7099.
About SwedishAmerican Health System
SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. Through an exclusive affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new cancer center in October 2013.