Bay Ridge Medical Imaging, PC First to Offer GE 3.0T Wide Bore MRI in U.S.

  Bay Ridge Medical Imaging, PC First to Offer GE 3.0T Wide Bore MRI in U.S.

Bay Ridge Medical Imaging (BRMI) Entrusts GE MRI technology to Help Deliver
Excellent Patient Care, Achieve Clinical, Business Goals

Business Wire

BROOKLYN, N.Y. & MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- February 27, 2012

Patients and clinicians alike are celebrating the newest arrival at BRMI@
Dyker Heights of an innovative GE Healthcare Discovery* MR750w 3.0T^1 scanner.
This new GE Healthcare w-series system is the first of its kind to be
installed in the United States and offers a wide-range of advanced clinical
functionality and uncompromised image quality, and was designed to be patient
friendly, with the goal of transforming the experience for patients who find
having a traditional MRI scan uncomfortable or intimidating.

Bay Ridge Imaging Center first in the U.S. to offer GE 3.0T wide bore MRI
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Bay Ridge Imaging Center first in the U.S. to offer GE 3.0T wide bore MRI
(Photo: Business Wire)

The Discovery MR750w 3.0T system allows greater use of feet first scanning but
head first scanning remains a viable choice; and introduces a larger, 70cm
patient ‘bore’ (the area where the person lies to be scanned), and a
patient-friendly design to help alleviate patient anxiety and stress during
the scan. In particular, it accommodates patients who are usually difficult to
scan, such as those who are elderly or very young, or those who are in pain
and require a larger imaging system. A detachable table, equipped with comfort
tilt to help better position the head and neck during brain and spinal exams,
is intended to help improve comfort, which in turn may help reduce patient
movement and therefore enhance image quality. In addition, it means that the
patient can be positioned for their scan in another room if necessary.

According to BRMI Medical Director Dr. Shahrokh Abiri, “BRMI takes patient
comfort seriously. The goal of our imaging centers is provide the utmost in
patient care and one way to accomplish this goal is by transforming what could
be a stressful MRI exam into a comfortable, stress-free experience. We pride
ourselves in offering our patients the latest advancements in technology and
that’s one of the reasons we are so pleased to introduce this system to our
patients. This new GE Healthcare scanner is not only a sleek,
ergonomically-friendly design, our patients feel more comfortable which means
they are better able to lie still during the scan and as a result our
Radiologists are more likely to get uncompromised quality images quickly.”

The system’s advanced RF signal reception system – the part of the MRI scanner
that makes the images possible – includes a new integrated, lighter weight,
and higher performance RF coil architecture (in comparison to previous
generation GE Healthcare systems) designed to facilitate image quality and
examination speed. Using thinner flexible materials designed to accommodate a
variety of body types, this helps facilitate easier patient positioning. The
ergonomic lightweight GEM coil system is also designed to impact the
experience for technologists as they don’t have to manipulate bulky and heavy
coils. In turn, this may help improve workflow and allow for hospitals to scan
patients more quickly.

The Discovery MR750w offers GE Healthcare’s latest advanced clinical
applications to help utilize the full potential of 3.0T MR imaging. GE’s
latest applications offer clinician’s the ability to quantify the degree of
fat within the entire liver and to evaluate tissue stiffness. Combined, these
two rapid and completely non-invasive techniques have potential to aid in
early detection and evaluation of diffuse and focal liver disease often
associated with obesity. These are just two of the many insightful
applications available on the Discovery MR750w.

About Bay Ridge Medical Imaging

Since 1991, Bay Ridge Medical Imaging (BRMI) has been providing quality
radiology imaging in the Brooklyn community. Offering the latest technologies
and services through four ACR accredited convenient locations; BMRI offers a
relaxing, patient-friendly environment with unsurpassed patient care. Bay
Ridge Medical Imaging, PC has onsite 7 days a week board certified
Radiologists, including Radiologists specializing in MSK, Neuroradiology, Body
Imaging, ENT, Women’s Imaging, and Nuclear/PET. Results are available within
minutes/hours for most exams. For more information, call 718-238-7000 or visit
www.brmi.org.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that
are shaping a new age of patient care. Ourbroad expertise in medical imaging
and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems,
drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance
improvementand performance solutions services helpour customersto deliver
better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition,
wepartnerwith healthcare leaders, striving toleverage the global policy
change necessary to implementa successful shift to sustainable healthcare
systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world tojoin us on
our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs,
increasing accessand improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the
United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:
GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcareemployees are committed to serving healthcare
professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more
information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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^1 The magnet in an MRI is rated using a unit of measure called Tesla. A 3
Tesla system creates a strong magnetic field which is used to produce stunning
images of soft tissue.

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Rebecca Hayne, 414-248-1542
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