Hackensack Meridian Health has unveiled their new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel.

The new scanner is a state of the art machine that officials say will vastly improve the patient experience while also affording doctors increased imaging capabilities.

MRI scanners use powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the internal organs.

The new scanner, a top-of-the-line Siemens Magnetom Aera, 1.5 Tesla Scanner, offers an improved patient experience with shorter scan times, a quieter scan and a more pleasant scanning environment.

“This new scanner is a great example of Bayshore Medical Center’s commitment to providing excellent healthcare to our patients,” Frank Citara, Chief Healthcare Executive at Bayshore Medical Center, said. “This $1.3 million investment will allow us to better diagnose and treat our patients while reducing some of the difficulty that can typically accompany an MRI scan.”

This more comfortable unit can greatly increase the quality of scans due to a reduction in nervous movements and patient anxiety.

Patients will also see an increase in more “head out scans,” improving the overall experience.

The scanner features advanced noise reduction technology, which can reduce the noise level during some types of scans by up to 70%, and a patient audio system, allowing patients to listen to music during their scan.

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