New hospital features latest MRI scanning from Toshiba

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Brighton, Colorado’s new Platte Valley Medical Center is the first hospital in the United States—in fact, the first outside of Japan—to install the new Toshiba Vantage Atlas MRI system, introduced last December at RSNA.

The new, $138 million facility opens on July 10. During a visit last week, Satoshi Tsunakawa, president of Toshiba America Medical Systems, announced a partnership that will make the new hospital a Toshiba showcase.

“Platte Valley Medical Center’s vision is aligned with Toshiba’s mission” to provide the best quality healthcare services to local communities, Tsunakawa said. The Brighton hospital’s central U.S. location and proximity to Denver International Airport “should be a very good show site for us.”

“As a community-owned, nonprofit regional hospital, our partnership with Toshiba is highly beneficial,” said John Hicks, hospital president and CEO. “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer leading edge MRI technology to our patients.”

The Toshiba Vantage Atlas system provides the latest magnetic resonance imaging capability available in the U.S. today. It minimizes the two negative experiences patients traditionally have with the MRI imaging - claustrophobia and loud noises that can require use of special earplugs.

The new MRI system features patented noise reduction technology, reducing noise during operation by up to 90 percent compared with older systems. It increases the clarity of images through the scanner’s patented gradients and offers a faster imaging process because the integrated coil system eliminates the need to move patients in and out of the scanner to change coils.