Baystate Introduces Region’s First Open-bore MRI

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate MRI & Imaging has added to its services the first and only “true” open-bore MRI to the region. This innovative form of magnetic resonance imaging combines a larger bore, or opening, for claustrophobic and larger patients with the ability to capture high-field, quality diagnostic images.

The patient-friendly design of this magnet will make it easier for large patients and those with claustrophobia to have MRI exams, which produce higher-quality images.

The unit features an opening of 2.3 feet in diameter and almost one foot of free space between a patient’s head and the magnet. More than 60{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of exams can be completed with the patient’s head outside of the bore.

Baystate MRI & Imaging is located at Baystate Medical Center’s 3300 Main St. outpatient care facility in Springfield. Baystate MRI & Imaging is a joint venture with Baystate Radiology & Imaging, Baystate Health, and Shields Health Care Group that has been providing service in Springfield to the community since 1999.

Shields Health Care Group is an independent, New England-based medical imaging provider with a national reputation for blending exceptional customer service with superior technology. A family-owned and operated business for over 25 years, Shields Health Care Group operates a network of 21 imaging centers which offer the most advanced diagnostic imaging. For more information on locations and services, visit www.shields.com.

“We constantly strive to provide physicians with leading-edge technology and patients with a comfortable setting, and with the open-bore MRI, we feel we have captured both,” said Jack Shields, president of Shields Health Care Group. “We are proud to offer this to Springfield and the surrounding communities.”

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