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Shields Health Care Group and UMass Memorial Health Care Announce the Addition of the First 3T MRI Scanner in the Worcester Region

State-of-the-Art Scanner Improves Image Clarity, Patient Comfort and Exam Speed                              

WORCESTER, Mass. – March 23, 2016 – Shields Health Care Group (Shields) and UMass Memorial Health Care today announced that patients now have access to a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at the imaging center located at 214 Shrewsbury Street. 

This newest wide-bore 3T MRI from General Electric (GE) is the most advanced scanner available for clinical use. It provides physicians with the finest level of detail and improved image quality for better patient diagnoses, while enhancing the patient experience. 

“The addition of the 3T locally enables us to offer the state-of-the-art imaging that our patients expect from our system,” said Dr. Max Rosen, chair, Department of Radiology, UMass Memorial Medical Center. “It’s imaging that compliments the level of their care.” 

The top benefits of the GE SIGNA Pioneer 3T scanner include:

  • offering sharper resolution which is particularly beneficial for small bones and microstructures
  • reducing scan times up to 50 percent compared to traditional MRIs
  • providing the maximum comfort to decrease feelings of claustrophobia
  • creating ample room for larger patients with its wide-bore design
  • significantly reducing scanning noise
  • being able to compensate for patient movement during the scan leading to fewer repeat scans 

The Shields and UMass Memorial Health Care network, featuring five locations in Central Massachusetts, is known for its quality and value. As such, patients will have local access to this new technology at the same price as the other high-field MRI systems.

“We are proud to expand the technology offering in Worcester through our successful partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care. The Shields network includes five 3T MRI machines throughout the state and now Worcester-area patients also have access to the latest technology available in the market,” said Tom Shields, president and CEO of Shields Health Care Group.

The longstanding joint venture partnership with Shields Health Care Group and UMass Memorial Health Care provides MRI and PET/CT services at five UMass Memorial Health Care locations throughout Central Massachusetts including: the Medical Center at Memorial Campus, the Medical Center at University Campus and Shrewsbury St. Imaging Center, all in Worcester; as well as HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster; and Marlborough Hospital, Marlborough. 

About UMass Memorial Health Care
UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 12,000 employees and 1,600 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include UMass Memorial – Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, orthopedic and surgery programs, UMass Memorial delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate care. Visit www.umassmemorialhealthcare.org.

About Shields Health Care Group

Shields Health Care Group provides MRI, PET/CT, and Radiation Oncology services to patients at more than 30 locations in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, provider expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. Shields offers high-field open-bore MRI machines that allow for greater patient comfort while maintaining clear images. Additional services include MR arthrogram and breast MRI, as well as Shields ProCare, an imaging medical equipment maintenance and service company. All Shields locations are ACR accredited. A family-owned and operated business, Shields offers the largest and most technically advanced network of medical imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England. http://shields.com/