The Pulse: MRI Suite is All Set to Meet Rising Demand

The Pulse: MRI Suite is All Set to Meet Rising Demand

November 04, 2014 at 01:11pm

With a growing population and a rising incidence of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, the demand on the Saudi health care systems is projected to rise steadily. This applies to diagnostic imaging services. That’s why the King Fahad Medical City has established the region’s largest MRI suite to serve the needs of the 1,500-bed inpatient population, as well as the hundreds of thousands of outpatients it sees every year.

Both cancer and neurosurgery patients benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment and setup. Occupying 700 sqm, the facility is configured as a five-MRI suite that not only reduces examination times, but also enhances the overall patient experience by moving patients more quickly and easily through the facility. It also provides spacious testing areas and precise imaging capabilities that result in more accurate and definitive diagnoses.

Besides improving hospital efficiency and optimizing use of the MRI system, the facility considerably enhances workflow, and the patient pathways.

The suite features a PACU-like (post-anesthesia care unit) central core that is capable of providing clinical support to anesthesia cases and seriously ill inpatients. There also are separate male and female waiting rooms, and the whole design took into consideration the facility’s impact on the environment.

Significantly, the MRI unit was designed to accommodate the anticipated growing volume of MRI procedures and has been laid out so that upgrades or replacements of scanners can be carried out without major disruptions to ongoing patient care.

The GE Hospital and Healthcare Systems teams prepared the design and engineering drawings for the facility and prepared the appropriate supporting technology and equipment lists. In addition to two GE Optima MRI 450w scanners, GE supplied and installed state-of-the-art RF cage enclosures equipped with LED lighting technology and dimming LCD windows, as well as patient monitors, patient ventilators, functional MRI technology and MRI-compatible injectors.

Healthcare is evolving in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) as the medical needs change, requiring the latest technologies and quality of care. GE is helping realize this evolution, examples of which are profiled in “The Pulse” posts on Hewar. For more on GE’s partnership to support a healthy and productive citizenry in Saudi Arabia, click here.

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