New imaging technology available at adventhealth waterman

Waterman MRI

AdventHealth Waterman MRI technologist Carl Hudson talks to a patient before a scan procedure with the hospital’s new 3T MRI. // Provided photo

AdventHealth Waterman announced Friday that it now offers the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

The MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI scanner with BioMatrix Technology is able to adapt to the unique needs of each patient while providing high-definition images for more accurate cardiac, neurologic, musculoskeletal, abdominal, prostate and breast exams. 

“Our new MRI is unique in that it combines the ability to capture high-quality diagnostic images with a larger bore, or opening, that’s large enough to accommodate an NFL lineman (approximately 6-foot-5, and over 310 pounds),” Rick Golab, director of imaging services at AdventHealth Waterman, says in a press release. 

AdventHealth’s 3T MRI has the largest opening of any MRI on the market today. “Traditionally, patients who couldn’t tolerate the restrictive space of (an) MRI would have their image studied performed in an open MRI system with low-field magnets. This could unfortunately limit the usefulness of the images obtained,” Rick says. 

In addition, the new MRI’s BioMatrix technology anticipates a patient’s regular motion due to breathing, heartbeat and head movement. By detecting individual breathing patterns and lung volumes, AdventHealth Waterman’s new MRI minimizes the need for patients to hold their breath during imaging scans and reduces the need for rescans. 

“Patient setup in the new 3T MRI is simpler and quicker, making the whole process even easier  for patients,” Rick says.

AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares has 287 beds and is one of the six hospitals in Lake, Flagler and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division – North Region.