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Published on January 08, 2010

Overlake First to Offer State-of-the-Art MRI

Bellevue, WA (January 8, 2010) – Overlake Hospital Medical Center recently invested $2.9 million to build and operate two new MRI suites adjacent to its Emergency & Trauma Center, featuring a state-of-the-art MRI scanner that is the first of its kind in the Puget Sound area.


“Overlake is pleased to be the first medical facility in the region to acquire the latest-generation MRI equipment, which offers greater comfort and safety for our patients and improved imaging for our physicians and other providers,” said Brenda Rinehart, Director of the Medical Imaging Department at Overlake. “This exciting addition is part of the hospital’s long-term plan to enhance in-house imaging services at Overlake and gives us access to MRI services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Physicians often choose MRI scans over computed tomography (CT) scans or X-rays because they avoid patient exposure to radiation and are considered a better way to get high-quality images of organs or soft tissue. In addition, MRI is often preferred for neurological and spinal disc imaging.

Some of the advantages to Overlake’s new Toshiba Titan MRI scanner include:


Improved Safety. The new scanner provides high-quality MR angiography (MRA) without the use of contrast. The majority of MRI scanners in use today require patients to be injected with an MRI contrast agent to acquire high-resolution angiography images. Certain patients who suffer from compromised kidney function may not be able to safely receive this contrast due to the potential harm associated with it. The Toshiba MRI scanner eliminates this safety issue by obtaining many of its angiography images without the use of contrast.

Latest-Generation Technology.  New 3D imaging technology provides a sharper, more accurate representation of the scanned region.


Enhanced Comfort.  The Titan scanner is equipped with the widest diameter bore on the market, and accommodates patients up to 450 pounds. Nearly 70 percent of exams can be performed feet first, alleviating patients’ claustrophobic fears.


Noise Dampening.  Patented technology reduces acoustic noise by up to 90 percent which helps to improve the patient’s overall experience.