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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 6, 2004

UI Hospitals And Clinics Installs Iowa's Most Advanced Scanner

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently became the first hospital in Iowa to install ultra high-field, 3Tesla magnetic resonance (MR) technology that provides the most advanced images possible.

The MAGNETOM Trio 3Tesla System from Siemens Medical Solutions provides the highest possible spatial and temporal resolution, excellent image quality, short examinations and increased departmental workflow. MR technology uses large magnets to obtain images of the body to help diagnose a wide range of diseases. UI Hospitals and Clinic's new system will be capable of performing conventional anatomic imaging, but also physiologic and functional imaging studies.

"We strive to provide the communities we serve with first-class patient care, and this technology facilitates that goal," said Laurie Fajardo, M.D, UI professor and head of radiology. "The 3Tesla MR system ensures us access to the most advanced diagnostic tools available. The superior capabilities and image quality enhancements of a 3Tesla MR provide our specialists with more complete and detailed pictures of the entire body."

The Trio incorporates a full-sized patient bore, which permits the study of every part of the human anatomy on all patients, from pediatrics to adults. The scanner can also be used to study cardiovascular pathologies, musculoskeletal diseases, venous tumors and anatomic and functional aspects of the brain.

"The new generation of high-field MR machines, including the MAGNETOM Trio, are becoming more and more important as we seek to better diagnose all forms of disease," Fajardo said.

The 3Tesla MR scanner is located in the Department of Radiology on the lower level of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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