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1/23/2020

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Brings New, Powerful MRI Machine to Eau Claire – One of Only Two in the Nation with Enhanced Patient Experience Technology


A four-year collaboration with the National Football League and top research institutions around the world has brought advanced medical imaging technology to the Chippewa Valley.

The GE Healthcare SIGNATM Premier Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was developed after decades of research on the impact of concussion in sports. It’s designed to combine advanced clinical imaging with high-performance hardware that enables faster scanning and enhanced image quality. This device, now in use at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, is one of only three in Wisconsin. Add in enhanced patient-experience suite options, and HSHS Sacred Heart is one of only two hospitals in the nation with this technology. 

The GE Healthcare SIGNATM Premier suite of enhancements allows patients to choose specific music, scenery and movies during an MRI procedure.

“We are thrilled to bring this technology to the Chippewa Valley,” said Andrew Bagnall, president and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “We believe the advanced applications will help our clinicians push the boundaries of what’s possible with MRI.”

This new medical device brings a higher level of clinical capability and patient comfort. Ken Brown, director of Imaging Services at HSHS Sacred Heart, said this addition supports HSHS’s continued commitment to helping provide patients with improved diagnosis, care and treatment options.

“This will help our patients feel less apprehensive about having an MRI,” said Brown. “The faster and more comfortable procedure may reduce the need for sedation and hopefully reduce the anxiety some patients have about an MRI.”

Brown said HSHS colleagues have noticed a reduction of approximately twelve minutes off the average testing time. “This is particularly helpful in imaging elderly and very young patients who may have felt that the heavier coils of previous machines restricted breathing,” said Brown.

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