The Pulse: Building a Home for an Insightful Scanner
If you are going to install one of the world’s most advanced medical imaging devices – a scanner that can provide incredible 3D details about organs and systems deep within the human body – you can’t house it just anywhere.
So, when the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi wanted to upgrade its MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) capabilities with a new GE Discovery MR750w 3.0T scanner, it selected a team that included GE to deliver a turnkey solution. This included planning, developing and delivering the new MRI suite.
The project was made more complex because environmental, soil substructure and proximity issues meant conventional construction wouldn’t be possible and a modular construction solution would work best.
The entire design and construction of the various modules took less than six months. The building pieces, which were constructed elsewhere, were brought and assembled onsite. This included the RF cage, which prevents outside radio frequency waves from impacting the MRI screening.
Only after the main building unit was in place and the environment had been completely cleaned and rendered dust free was the MRI scanner – the first of its kind in the UAE –installed.
The Discovery MR750W 3.0T is a wide-bore scanner offering a more comfortable experience for patients and giving doctors at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City improved image quality and examination speed. The equipment also is easier for technicians to operate and gives greater flexibility to how patients are positioned – particularly the elderly, the very young and those in pain – thereby helping improve image-scan quality.
GE not only provided the MRI equipment, but also contributed technology and clinical division support (CDS) advisory services. The new scanner, which is an upgrade of the 1.5T MRI scanner that was previously the only MRI at the Sheikha Khalifa Medical City, provides additional capabilities to help the medical facility serve a broader range of patients.
Most significantly, this includes high-end breast and cardiac imaging to help address major health conditions such as breast cancer and heart disease that affect the local population.