Friday, July 19, 2024

The Ultimate Precision: Redefining Early Detection & Treatment

HomeHealthThe Ultimate Precision: Redefining Early Detection & Treatment

Patients can now opt for a full-body MRI using the Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5GT locally at Ackerman Cancer Center. Currently, only available in Tampa and Miami, this unique machine takes a comprehensive diagnostic look at all thirteen major organs to help spot signs of not only cancer, but more than five hundred other potential health issues.

The machine’s AI-enabled technologies and Smart Diagnostic tools also allow for full-body scanning that replaces the conventional method of scanning multiple areas of the body separately, then digitally stitching the images together. The technology makes scan times almost fifty percent faster and reduces the amount of time patients must hold their breath while being diagnosed.

Most notably, higher quality diagnostic images are captured, and help doctors quickly deliver more thorough and accurate diagnoses. This equipment is significantly more spacious than conventional models, eliminating much of the claustrophobic sensation associated with MRIs, allowing patients to feel less restricted. And now,like a visit to your dentist’s office, you can select your own music to reduce anxiety and enhance your mood.

The duration of a full-body MRI scan can vary but typically lasts between thirty minutes to over an hour, depending on the protocol used and the patient’s specific medical needs.

Taking an inside look at the Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5GT Full Body MRI machine.

“People are becoming increasingly educated about medicine and their own health, thanks to the internet,” said Robert Tokarz, Ackerman Cancer Center’s Vice President of Technical Services. He notes that a full-body MRI is a great option for individuals who have a family history of certain diseases or who have undergone genealogy tests that indicate a greater chance of developing a particular medical issue and want to get ahead of the curve health-wise. “This technology helps us find, diagnose and treat cancer and other issues sooner, so that patients have a much better chance of curability.”

Radiation Oncologist, Jaymeson Stroud added that it’s a highly effective diagnostic tool for anyone who would rather skip options that involve radiation. Unlike CT scans or X-rays, MRI scans do not use ionizing radiation, making them safer for repeated imaging. However, they may not be suitable for patients with certain medical devices or metallic implants due to safety concerns.

Studies have shown that full-bodyMRI scans can be highly accurate in detecting various conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders but keep in mind that the accuracy may vary depending on factors such as the quality of the equipment, expertise of the radiologist, and other patient factors.

Full-body MRI scans can be pricey, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars based upon geographic location, healthcare provider, and insurance coverage.

For specific and up-to-date data on full-body MRI scans, it’s advisable to consult medical professionals specializing in diagnostic imaging.


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