Canada-based Lions Gate Hospital has introduced an advanced MRI technology, known as the GE Signa Explorer, in their facility.

The MRI machine is installed with the latest software featuring algorithms which results an increased contrast differentiation facilitating an enhanced diagnostic scans with accuracy.

It also enables a faster production of the scan allowing more scans being completed in single day.

The new technology will reduce the noise level associated to some scans by 97.5% – from 108 to three decibels which has resulted to a reduction of anxiety in patients suffering from claustrophobia and dementia.

It is considered useful in the current scenario when 3% of imaging time is lost due to the patients getting stressed owing to the closed structure of the conventional MRI scanner.

The MRI machine will complement Lions Gate hospital’s digital imaging department which attends more than 7,000 patients each year for magnetic resonance imaging which uses a magnetic field and radio waves for a detailed scan of the human anatomy in a safe and painless way.

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Last year, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation was donated with $1m from the property management and development company Hollyburn Properties to procure the GE Signa Explorer.

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation president Judy Savage said: "This is an extremely generous gift that will have a significant impact on patient care.

"It will allow considerable quality improvements and greater patient comfort, bringing first-class diagnostic imaging capability to the North Shore."

Image: Lions Gate Hospital’s new MRI facility reduces stress for claustrophobic patients. Photo: courtesy of Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.