SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – The Radiology Department at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for the Siemens MRI system and imaging services offered in the new MRI Center. This three-year accreditation includes imaging of the body, head, spine, musculoskeletal, arterial studies and – for the first time at Phelps – cardiac MRI, which is usually performed at larger hospitals. The department was designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the ACR in 2015, and in order to maintain its standing as such, it must have accreditation for all of the ACR-rated imaging services it provides.
The new MRI, a Siemens 1.5 Tesla MAGNETOM Aera Open Bore MRI, is a state-of-the-art MRI that provides advanced clinical applications, including the ability to screen for breast cancer and tools for evaluating other oncological conditions. It has a wide diameter that gives patients a feeling of spaciousness and is short enough to allow a person's head to remain outside of the magnet during many exams. Besides being faster, quieter and more comfortable than traditional MRI scanners, the system features custom mood lighting to reduce anxiety and patients are able to listen to the music of their choice.