Mercy obtains state-of-the-art MRI
Patient care will improve through quicker, more detailed scans
02 / 23 / 2007
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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OSHKOSH, Wis. – Mercy Medical Center is the first health care facility in the Fox River Valley and only the ninth in the state to provide state-of-the-art high definition magnetic resonance (HDxMR) system tests to patients.
“This is the most advanced imaging equipment available today, and we’re able to provide it to Oshkosh residents,” said Mike Kramer, Radiology manager at Mercy Medical Center. “What this means for patients is faster exams that produce the highest form of images available, allowing radiologists to more accurately evaluate a wide range of patient conditions.”
The new scanner, which is being installed Feb. 26 through March 12, will be used for breast MRIs, as well as specialized vascular applications and specialized brain imaging that wasn’t available in the past.
MRI uses computers and magnetic fields, rather than X-rays, to capture images of the human body. The new scanner at Mercy features leading-edge computer technology capable of providing more sophisticated exams.
“We’ll be able to capture dramatic patient images, reminiscent of high definition television,” said Faye Kamrath, director of Radiology for Affinity Health System. “The system provides outstanding image quality for a confident diagnosis, and less likelihood of patient rescans, even in the most challenging circumstances.”
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.