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BIG SPRING, Texas— Scenic Mountain Medical Center (SMMC) recently announced their acquisition of the Philips Ingenia Ambition 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 


The Ingenia Ambition delivers superb image quality even for challenging patients and performs MRI exams up to 50% faster with its Compressed SENSE acceleration flagship software for all anatomies in both 2D and 3D scanning. Fast overall exam-time is also achieved by simplifying patient handling at the bore with the touchless guided patient setup. Furthermore, the device offers an immersive audio-visual experience to calm patients and guide them through MRI exams.


An MRI study can be a challenge for patients young and old. Inconclusive image quality due to patient motion is a constant issue, making it difficult for clinicians to obtain accurate results in their first attempt. At the same time, one repeat exam can throw an entire day’s schedule off by two or three hours, impacting a facility’s throughput and patient satisfaction. The Ingenia Ambition 1.5T is designed for “First Time Right” imaging and addresses the issue in a holistic way.


Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Ingenia Ambition 1.5T is its unique patient experience. The in- bore experience offers patients a comforting, engaging audio enhancement. Clear patient instructions are provided by the AutoVoice component of the system, which coaches the patient through their examination while scanner noise is reduced through the ComforTone scan techniques portion of the system.


“I am incredibly excited to announce the acquisition of this high-end technology to the Big Spring and surrounding communities,” said Stacey Brown, president of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. 


“This MRI is yet another example of Steward Health Care’s investment into our community. With a total cost of $2.8M, this MRI is also now housed inside the hospital adjacent to our Emergency Department which will provide easier access for our patients and our staff. We will also now be able to perform inpatient and outpatient exams.”

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