Imagine patients being able to watch a video or movie, listen to music, choose a soothing color and enjoy a stress-free magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) experience. That vision will become reality in June when a state-of-the-art MRI scanner and suite opens inside the Harleysville Outpatient Center.
The new scanner, called the MAGNETOM Altea 1.5 Tesla by Siemens, will be built within a suite by Sentient. The imaging suite will include an Innovision in-bore infotainment system, designed to provide a video experience to patients with excellent sound quality and display. The infotainment system moves with the scanner table, thus enhancing patient satisfaction.
In addition, the new scanner will provide more precise and faster imaging, with an extra-wide architecture for increased patient comfort. The MRI table will accommodate patients up to 600 pounds, and it will allow the Harleysville Outpatient Center to conduct a larger range of MRI studies, including cardiac and breast imaging.
To make way for the new scanner, the existing MRI scanner will be decommissioned on April 18. The unit will be physically removed nine days later. Construction in preparation for the new scanner will begin shortly thereafter. The new scanner will arrive on May 28 and will go live on June 17.
During construction, all MRI procedures will be completed at the Grand View Hospital campus in Sellersville. Patients and providers can call Central Scheduling at 215-453-4100 to schedule an MRI.