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CTMC’s new machine has a larger entrance. PHOTO COURTESY OF CTMC

New MRI machine reduces claustrophobia among patients

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently invested in a new state-of-the-art MRI machine. The new Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI is the only MRI machine on the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to offer a 28-inch entrance, or large bore.
 The large bore allows patients who suffer with claustrophobia to have a more comfortable experience during the test. In addition, the larger size allows CTMC to accommodate larger patients and eliminates awkward positioning to capture certain parts of the body.
 “Technology upgrades such as the new MRI machine are important for our community,” said CTMC CEO/President Anthony Stahl. “We are proud to offer imaging services that enhance each patient’s experience and comfort.”
 Another important feature of the Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI is its capability to provide non-contrast MRIs. With this innovation, the CTMC medical imaging team is able to look at blood vessels without injecting contrast, which is an important upgrade for patients with kidney failure because they cannot be injected with contrasting dye.
 “We have a large diabetic population here, and kidney failure is a common side-effect of the disease,” Stahl said. “The new MRI machine allows us to better serve these patients.”
 In addition, the new MRI machine is 90 percent quieter than other machines.
 For more information about medical imaging at CTMC, visit ctmc.org and click on the “care and services” tab.

• Submitted by CTMC

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