‘Open Bore’ with a 70cm opening illustrated by our MRI team at the Mark Center.

More comfortable patient experience with more accurate diagnosis

Alexandria, VA – (June 4, 2012) – The Inova Alexandria Hospital Advanced Imaging Center has opened its 3-T Open Bore MRI machine.  This technology allows for a more comfortable exam experience for patients, more detailed images, and therefore a more accurate diagnosis. The Advanced Imaging Center is located at Inova Alexandria Hospital at Mark Center, 1800 North Beauregard St. Suite 150, Alexandria.

The new MAGNETOM® Verio MRI scanner from Siemens features a 70-cm opening. With one foot of headroom patients won’t experience the confined feeling associated with most other MRI machines. It also has the strongest magnet field strength used clinically today and gives physicians access to images with superior clarity and detail, particularly in the neurological , orthopedic, and oncologic fields.

“We are excited to be able to offer this technology to our community,” commented Nitin Kumar, MD, Chief of Radiology at Inova Alexandria Hospital, “This machine has 2 times the power of the traditional MRI machines which allows for sharper images and therefore more accurate diagnosis. This,  in combination with the 70cm opening, allows us to provide patients with state  of the art image quality without compromising comfort.

The Inova Advanced Imaging Center offers MRI, 128-Slice CT, Diagnostic X-ray, Ultrasound, Dedicated women’s imaging services, including digital mammography (with same day results), densitometry (DEXA), and stereotactic biopsy. Call 571-423-5400 to make an appointment.

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inovas mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research.